A new audit reports shows the state is wasting nearly $300,000 on its cell phone bills.
Auditor Doug Hoffer says in 2012 the state had 3,080 state-issued cell phones at a cost of $1.6 million. But 9-percent of those phones weren't used at all, and 20 percent had limited use. The audit also found over 5 million minutes unused, nearly half of the total allowed in the state contracts.
Hoffer says the state's current system for purchasing and oversight of cell phones is decentralized and doesn't have consistent policies and procedures to ensure that resources are optimized.
Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said he plans to use the report to establish a statewide framework governing the purchase, usage and management of both mobile and landline phones.