Report Urges Tighter Control Of DC Government Cars

9:26 PM, Apr 26, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A survey of city agencies by the DC Auditor's Office concludes there is insufficient monitoring of the local government's fleet of more than 2,600 vehicles.

"It's like somebody gave the keys to a careless teenager, let him go out joyriding and they wrap the car around a tree. It's an incredible bunch of fiscal mismanagement when the agencies themselves undercount their vehicles by over a thousand. They put gas in cars they don't even know they own, and they don't pay traffic tickets and fines," said Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union.

The Auditor's survey of only five on the city's nearly 80 agencies revealed troubling practices.

It concludes the Department of Public Works has no comprehensive, agency-wide management plan for the fleet, has no effective driver safety program, and does not have efficient management of fuel cards.

It means there is no city-wide policy dictating whether employees with drunk driving or other traffic infractions are allowed to drive city vehicles. The report says there is no list of employees who are approved to drive city vehicles.

The report says the city can't explain $27,000 in gasoline that was pumped into 15 cars that are not owned or leased by the city.

It also has made headlines with its disclosures that cars assigned to the mayor's office have hundreds of dollars in unpaid traffic tickets.

"This is only a sampling of some of the problems in the District's motor vehicle fleet. We don't know the true extent of the problem but we better get to the bottom of it soon.

"This could mean hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars of wasted money," Sepp told 9NEWS NOW. 

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