MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A month after taking office, Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer said Wednesday his office has begun audits into five areas of state government to make sure the state is getting the most for its money.
Hoffer said he would examine the Department of Correction’s three-year $53 million contract for health care services; two contracts in the Transportation Agency; the Agency of Administration’s worker’s compensation and injury prevention program and the cost effectiveness of state-issued cell phones.
He also intends to audit the state’s ‘‘last mile’’ telecom project designed to bring broadband communications throughout the state and the health information technology investments that are part of the state’s health care reform effort. Together, the state and federal governments are spending over $200 million in those two areas.
He said the objective of the cell phone audit will be to assess whether state-issued cell phones are underuse and whether agencies and departments could reduce their cell phone costs for cell phones.