Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either “unncessary” or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit shows.

The audit says the district paid $1.8 million for unneeded educational technology, then paid another $823,380 for software — never used — for business and personnel operations. The district also paid hundreds of thousands in annual maintenance fees on unused equipment.

Unless the payments are stopped, Fort Worth will pay another $85,029.71 this year, warns the audit, dated June 16. The district’s internal auditor also says the district paid twice for the same hardware and was overcharged by $12,100 for two years of annual maintenance fees.

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