State Releases OKC Communications Project Audit

Apr 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City lacked proper internal controls over the way it paid a vendor hired to integrate its communications system, but a state audit suggests there was no evidence to support allegations of misappropriated public funds for personal gain.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the audit of Oklahoma City's public safety information technology project on Tuesday. City officials requested the audit in October.

The audit did identify the potential waste of more than $850,000 in radio equipment that was purchased by the city but not used. The radios were discovered in a city-owned storage facility.

The audit urges the city to enhance internal controls of its invoice approval and audit ``high-risk'' information technology projects.

A city spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.