Responding to a state audit, McCrory administration officials are developing a system to sell surplus state property through an online auction.
By emulating websites like eBay, auditors believe state government can make 23 percent more money on the sales of vehicles and possibly 50 percent more on sales of other property, such as office furniture and equipment.
The findings appeared Wednesday in a state audit of the Department of Administration, which serves as the business manager for state government. Auditors determined the current state online system of requesting sealed bids “does not guarantee the state receives the best possible price.” The state received more than $12 million in the sale of surplus property in fiscal year 2013.
Administration officials agreed with the audit. They plan to hire an IT consultant to evaluate the state’s options and seek contractors early next year.
The agency is also making other changes as a result of the audit to:
• Improve the physical security at the surplus property inventory
• Review state vehicle maintenance needs for repairs under $1,000
• Prevent the theft of vehicle repair parts in the state’s motor fleet management division.