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USDA's Management Over the Misuse of Government Vehicles

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
USDA - Multi Agency
OIG determined whether USDA has processes in place to sufficiently manage its fleet and to detect and prevent USDA employees from misusing Government vehicles.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
No (location specific)

United States

Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


OPFM should implement timeframes and require all USDA agencies to annually justify or dispose, share, or re-assign underutilized vehicles as defined by the criteria set forth in AGPMR Advisory 17-01.

OPFM should reconcile vehicle inventory counts on an annual basis with all USDA agencies, but specifically with any agencies, such as FS, that may continue to use their own vehicle management information systems to record inventory, cost, and operational data.

OPFM should identify a tool (such as SharePoint) to collect and review home-to-work authorization forms so that OPFM can periodically review eligibility for more accurate reporting to satisfy quarterly Congressional home-to-work reporting requirements.

OPFM should coordinate with each USDA agency to identify an employee misconduct investigative unit, and route all complaints of employee vehicle misuse to that unit for assessment.

OPFM should require each agency’s employee misconduct investigative unit to assess misuse allegations submitted by the public. The assessment should include identifying risk factors, such as repeat offenders, employee time and attendance records, questionable driving histories, and prior disciplinary actions, and conclude whether the employee misconduct investigative unit should further investigate the complaint or allow the agency to process it.