In a rerun of previous criticism, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Wednesday that the Recovery School District has failed to properly maintain and tabulate state equipment.
In a report, Purpera said unaccounted state equipment totals $607,229 for the current period and $5.6 million for the previous three years.
"Failure to comply with state equipment management regulations increases the risk that assets may be misrepresented, lost of stolen," according to the report.
The language is almost identical to a study released on Dec. 23, 2015 that said the RSD accumulated $7 million in missing property in the past four years and $800,000 last year.
The RSD oversees nearly 60 public schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge taken over by the state because of poor academic performance.
RSD officials did not dispute the key findings.
However, RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard, in a written response, said the district "has made tremendous progress in addressing concerns previously raised by your office."
"We are proud of the improvements we have made to the operations, policies and procedures of our property management functions and we thank you for the helpful feedback your office has provided along the way," Dobard wrote.
State rules require that movable property costing $1,000 or more be properly tagged, inventoried yearly and that any missing items be reported.
Purpera's review was a followup to last year's study.
It says problems uncovered last year "have not been resolved by management."
As he did last year, Dobard said most of the missing assets are outdated IT systems with no monetary value.
Purpera also said problems continue with the RSD's inability to recoup payroll overpayments.