Department of Transportation

Discretionary Purchases

To eliminate delays in making purchases, the Department has authorized officials at remote locations such as field residencies and regional offices to make purchases under $5,000 without central office approval. We examined the procedures relating to these purchases and found that they could be improved. For example, many of the purchases we reviewed would have cost less if they had been made through State purchase contracts. We estimated that, if greater use were made of these contracts, the Department could save between $300,000 and $400,000 a year. 94-S-3