You can't make this stuff up. The NY Post is exposing DOE waste with alarming regularity.
The city Education Department shelled out taxpayer money for scores of GPS units clearly unrelated to DOE vehicles — including one off the coast of Africa and about 30 in California, a scathing new report shows.
The global glitch is just the tip of the iceberg of massive, multimillion-dollar issues with the DOE’s school-bus tracking system, according to the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation.
A SCI report released Monday asserts that the GPS company Navman “billed the DOE for duplicate license plate numbers, vehicle identification numbers (“VIN), serial numbers, and instances where devices sat in parking lots and other non-DOE locations such as California and off the coast of Africa.”
DOE worker noted the Africa snafu in a Sept. 9, 2015, e-mail to a department employee who was supposed to be helping manage the system.
“We seem to have a bus off the coast of Africa,’’ the underling quipped — adding a smiley face to his note.
Another e-mail in July 2018 from a DOE employee to a deputy finance director added, “We’re seeing about 30 GPS units that have been in [California] at TTNM [Teletrac Navman]’s office for more than a year that are showing up on our monthly invoices.”
When will the state finally conclude that Mayoral control does not work? We need accountability and integrity.