Caltrans Road Work Open to Waste, Fraud, Abuse

The California state auditor has criticized the Department of Transportation’s approach to highway maintenance, saying Caltrans has “weak cost controls” that “create opportunities for fraud, waste and abuse.”

In a report issued Thursday, the auditor noted the highway department spent $250,000 six years ago to develop a modeling system for where and when to invest in field maintenance, but has not used the model, even though it told the Legislature it was.

Instead of distributing money based on need, field maintenance officials have been doing it based on each area’s previous spending patterns, the report authors’ said they found during a review of Caltrans local districts in Los Angeles, Oakland and Fresno.

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