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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Purchase Program (Follow-Up)

Issued: November 3, 2014
Link to full audit report 2014-F-2
Link to 30-day response

To determine the extent of implementation of the eight recommendations included in our initial audit report, Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Purchase Program (Report 2009-S-32).

Our initial report, issued on December 23, 2010 found that the Port Authority generally did not follow required procedures to ensure that the acquisition of vehicles and heavy equipment was justified. In a random sample of 75 items that were purchased for $8.2 million, the Port Authority provided documentation for only two items for $192,279. In addition, the Port Authority included funds for vehicle and equipment rentals in its annual Purchase Program. We also found that the car service contract amounts were excessive compared to the amount the Port Authority actually spent. The objective of our follow up was to assess the extent of implementation, as of September 17, 2014, of the eight recommendations included in our initial report.

Key Finding

  • The Port Authority has made some progress in addressing the issues identified in our initial report. Of the eight prior recommendations, two were implemented, and three were partially implemented and three were not implemented.

Key Recommendation

  • Officials are given 30 days after the issuance of the follow-up review to provide information on any actions that are planned to address the unresolved issues discussed in this review.

Other Related Audit/Report of Interest

Long Island Power Authority: Vehicle Acquisition, Use, and Disposition (2006-S-114)

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: Carmen Maldonado
Phone: (212) 417-5200; Email: StateGovernmentAccountability@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236