Audit finds $3.2 million in phone bill savings

(AP) - A new comptroller audit released Wednesdayhas found New Jersey state government wastes millions annually dueto unused phone lines.

The audit found more than 19,000 phone lines, or nearly one inevery six, should be disconnected because they go unused or are nolonger needed.

As a result of the audit, state departments have disconnected orsuspended each of the lines at an overall savings of more than $3.2million annually.

The audit also found the state has been renewing some of itsmajor telecommunications contracts for more than a decade withoutopening the contracts up to competition as required by law.

Comptroller Matt Boxer says the unused lines are examples ofgovernment waste that "don't get much clearer."

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