- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan auditors are raising questions about hundreds of thousands of dollars of purchases charged to state government gas cards.

The state Office of the Auditor General on Friday released a report on its review of vehicle and travel services within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The audit covers the two years from May 1, 2012, through April 30, 2014.

The report found that people driving state vehicles spent $372,000 on things besides gas over a two-year period. About 17,000 of the about 55,000 non-fuel transactions during the period were for items listed as “other,” the auditors found.

The state of Michigan’s vehicle policy has many restrictions on the use of gas cards. Food, beverages, maps and towing are among the prohibited items.

“There is no way to determine if any of these ‘other’ products included any of the products prohibited by policy,” the report said. It recommended that the state “utilize available system restrictions to help prevent the inappropriate use of state fuel funds.”

The state budget department said it agreed with the recommendation and said it would further limit use of the “services” category for state gas card users “provided such actions do not impact drivers by reducing their access to needed products and services.”

The department said it also would see if it could impose further product restrictions for card users.

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Report: https://1.usa.gov/1o5uLml

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