The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent $6.2 million on cars the agency does not need, according to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Due to poor monitoring of vehicle logs the USDA has thousands of cars that are underused. The audit also identified $1.2 million in questionable fuel purchases by employees.
“In this audit, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the Office of Procurement and Property Management (OPPM) did not adequately structure the Department’s fleet charge card program or provide USDA agencies with sufficient guidance to administer it,” the audit said.
The USDA issues fleet cards to purchase fuel for vehicles used for food safety inspections, agricultural research, fire suppression, and law enforcement. The OIG determined that 1,133 vehicles were hardly used.
The audit also identified 5,703 vehicles that were driven less than 5,000 miles over the course of the year.
“Had USDA retained accurate log files and performed the minimum annual use tests, it could have achieved potential savings of approximately $6.2 million for vehicles that may not have been necessary,” the OIG said.