April 05, 2011
DiNapoli: Port Authority Should Plan and Account for Vehicle Purchases Better
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) purchased more than $8 million worth of vehicles and heavy equipment without justifying the need, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The audit covered the period January 2007 to December 2009, during which time the Port Authority bought 616 vehicles and/or heavy equipment for a total of $48.2 million.
“The Port Authority should follow its procedures,” DiNapoli said. “Now more than ever, when it comes to taxpayer dollars, accountability and accuracy count.”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that during the audit period the Port Authority did not follow its own procedures to ensure the acquisition of vehicles and heavy equipment was justified. In a random sample of 75 items that were purchased for $8.2 million, the Port Authority provided documented justification for the purchase of only two items for $192,279.
Among the audit’s findings:
DiNapoli recommended that the Port Authority:
For a copy of the report visit: http://osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093011/09s32.pdf
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