In the latest of a series of reports raising issues with management of federal agency vehicle fleets, the IRS inspector general has found justification lacking for the numbers and allowed uses of vehicles in the agency’s criminal investigation branch.
It said for example that while agents are allowed to use official vehicles for commuting in some situations, “questionable reporting of commutes and commuting mileage brings into question CI’s maintenance of sufficiently detailed, accurate information and data to support day-to-day oversight of the fleet as well as its compliance with requirements under the home-to-work authorization.”
Also, while one vehicle is to be allotted for pool use per supervisor special agent, “Our analysis of the number of pool vehicles compared to CI’s utilization criteria found there were excess pool vehicles in the CI fleet inventory,” the auditors said. Further, while the division I is required to maintain vehicle records for two years after a vehicle is taken out of service, it “was unable to provide or locate” all the records the IG requested.
It said the agency agreed with four of the IG’s six recommendations, including conducting quarterly audits of vehicle use data.
Other agencies where IGs have recently questioned fleet management include Commerce and GSA.