by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Upon news of this audit from Beth Wood’s office, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way:
A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary organization,” according to an investigative report released Tuesday by State Auditor Beth Wood.
Responding to the audit, the state Department of Administration said its motor fleet management staff is installing GPS tracking systems in state-owned vehicles to increase monitoring. The computerized telecommunications devices should be in all vehicles by the end of the fiscal year.
The tracking devices are expected to eliminate unauthorized vehicle use, track fuel and miles driven, improve driver safety and liability concerns, decrease maintenance costs, help prevent vehicle theft, and increase accountability.
Accountability? You’ve got it.