State auditors say records concerning use of the state plane need to be improved.
A report from the Legislative Audit Council says the state’s Aeronautics agency should revise its record keep to include more specific information, including contact information for the person authorizing every flight, each passenger’s affiliation, and typed or printed names of those authorizing flights. The report released Tuesday metinos the Department of Natural Resources and State Law Enforcement Division saying they need more precise record keeping.
The LAC reviewed approximately 1,600 flight logs of the Division of Aeronautics, SLED, and DNR, and determined that, overall, there were no significant problems with the use of state aircraft. Between 2007 and 2009, Aeronautics had one airplane, SLED had four helicopters, and DNR had three airplanes. In 2003-2004, DNR exchanged its only helicopter for SLED’s only airplane.
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The audit was ordered by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell following allegations that Governor Mark Sanford may have used state planes for personal use. The report indicates that Sanford used the state plane a few times to attend political functions. Sanford has said that attending such events is part of the duties of his office.
Also, the report indicates that officials, according to law, should purchase the least expensive airline tickets, but say’s the state’s regulation doesn’t prohibit business-class tickets and should be clarified. The South Carolina Department of Commerce have purchased business-class tickets for Sanford and the department head.