Audit: NC agency wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars


By Clare Myers | Raleigh News & Observer

A state government agency’s failure to enact changes recommended by a 2008 audit has resulted in hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars wasted and more than $11 million spent without oversight, according to the state auditor.

The Division of Purchase and Contract is supposed to ensure that other state agencies spend tax dollars efficiently when buying supplies. But an audit of the department in September, 2008, found that it had been overcharged nearly $300,000 over a six-month period, and recommended that the money be recovered.

A follow-up report filed June 25 by State Auditor Beth Wood said the division failed to do so.

“What we found was that a lot of what we recommended never got put into place,” Wood said.

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