Report: New Mexico lacks tools to track government spending

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico likely isn’t getting the best bang for its buck since it lacks the personnel and technology needed for its purchasing division to adequately track nearly $2 billion in government spending.

Legislative analysts have found that some state agencies are unnecessarily buying high-end vehicles, computers, drones and other goods and are forgoing bulk purchasing and additional negotiations that would otherwise result in discounts.

The findings were presented Thursday to a panel of state lawmakers.

The report also points to instances in which some agencies are taking advantage of loose rules that have resulted in lucrative contracts with former staff and the hiring of high-priced consultants without seeking other options.

Among the recommendations, the analysts say the state purchasing division should require its specialists to conduct analyses of all spending.

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