ROADS/BRIDGES: Performance audit reveals ODOT could save over $1.7M annually

The performance audit analyzed ODOT's vehicle fleet operations and found three key areas in need of improvement. 

Funding News July 02, 2015
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According to a performance audit released by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, additional efficiency improvements in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) fleet operation could save the agency more than $1.7 million.
The performance audit found three areas where savings or increased revenue could occur within ODOT’s fleet management including, blended biodiesel, vehicle auctions and vehicle cycling practices.
“With a fleet of over 4,700 vehicles, these recommendations can make a real difference in ODOT’s operations,” Yost said in a press release. “I applaud Director Wray’s commitment to giving taxpayers the best value for their dollar.”
Auditors analyzed ODOT’s vehicle cycling practices and found that their use of light vehicles past 100,000 miles results in additional operating costs that could be avoided.
The report recommends that ODOT optimize fleet cycling guidelines to promote the most financially efficient operation of its fleet. These changes could save ODOT $1,411,756 in reduced operating costs and increased salvage values, the audit states.
The performance audit also reports that ODOT can save an additional $202,475 annually by eliminating the use of blended biodiesel, which would reduce unscheduled filter repairs. ODOT plans to completely discontinue the use of blended biodiesel fuel by the end of fiscal year 2016.

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