First came the preliminary findings of an audit on city cell phone abuse and now we have the finished product. The big takeaway: As much as $1 million was being wasted for one reason or another, and another $1.2 million could be saved by issuing stipends to workers who use their own personal phones on city business. "My audit demonstrates that our technology policies need to keep pace with technology. Cellular phone service contracts are constantly evolving and we should not pay a penny more than we have to - ever," says Controller Wendy Greuel in a press release. Frankly, it's disappointing to see so much attention being paid to such a lower-tier matter - I mean, the city is in the middle of a financial meltdown and they're talking about maybe saving a few bucks by using Verizon instead of AT&T? Just seems like a lot of political flag waving (Greuel is running for mayor). Besides, any reforms could turn out to be more trouble than they're worth - won't a stipend system require regular review and processing? Won't that cost something?
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