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Jun 29, 2011 5:58 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Audit: Unused government phones cost La. $591,000

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana state government agencies spent more than $8 million on cell phones and wireless devices last year, and an audit says a quarter of those devices weren't used for 10 to 11 months.
More than 9,900 workers - or 11 percent of state employees - have a state-issued cell phone, wireless broadband card or other wireless device, according to a review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office.
More than a quarter of the devices had no activity for 10 or more months but still cost the state nearly $591,000. Some are stockpiled for disaster recovery needs, but others just weren't monitored, the audit says.
The governor's financial office says state agencies will develop policies to monitor the use of wireless devices and cancel those that aren't needed.

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