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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Orange County – Motor Vehicle Oversight (2015M-314)

Released: April 15, 2016 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to examine the County’s controls over motor vehicles for the period January 1, 2014 through July 29, 2015.


Orange County has a population of approximately 374,500 and occupies an area of 812 square miles. It is governed by an elected 21-member Legislature. The Department of Public Works is responsible for purchasing, monitoring and maintaining County vehicles. The Department of General Services is responsible for auctioning County-owned vehicles. The 2015 total budget for Orange County was $732.8 million, of which the motor pool is allotted approximately $2 million.

Key Findings

  • County officials maintained a perpetual vehicle inventory, but this inventory was not complete and officials did not conduct a regular physical inventory of vehicles.
  • The County does not have a policy or written procedures that stipulate the proper actions for officials to take when vehicles are no longer suitable for County business.

Key Recommendations

  • Ensure that all vehicles are included on the County’s inventory listing and conduct a physical inventory of motor vehicles.
  • Adopt a comprehensive policy to provide guidance on the disposal of motor vehicles.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236