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OIG: $544,000 in state-bought airfare wasted

4 years 7 months 8 hours ago Friday, September 19 2014 Sep 19, 2014 September 19, 2014 12:32 PM September 19, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - State inspectors released a report Friday which said between 2011 and 2013 Louisiana lost more than a half-million dollar's worth of unused airline tickets.

The OIG's report said during that time state agencies bought 1,190 non-refundable airline tickets which were never used. The tickets were estimated to be worth up to $544,648.

The report said those tickets, which are cheaper than refundable airline tickets, could have been used within one year to pay for another ticket.

The OIG's office said 112 state agencies had purchased the expired tickets. The largest contributor was LSU, with more than $123,000 worth of unused tickets.

The inspector general's office issued a set of recommendations with their report, and called on the Office of State Travel to more closely coordinate with the state's travel agency, Short's Travel Management, to monitor unused tickets and ensure they're not wasted.

You can read the full report by clicking here.

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