Audit finds poor oversight of NH state vehicles

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A recent state audit says New Hampshire does a poor job keeping track of the nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles used by state employees.

There is no formal statewide monitoring of the vehicles, nor is there any statewide agency in charge of requisitioning, maintaining or disposing of cars. Instead, each department makes decisions for itself, leading to a dearth of quality data and poor use of resources.

The auditors recommended that lawmakers create a fleet manager position, centralize fleet management and establish uniform policies for vehicle requests, maintenance and use. They also urged the state to reassign some underused cars and to take a close look at those employees who commute to work in state-owned cars.

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