Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wolf Wants Independent Auditing Group for Dulles Metrorail Construction

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Frank R. Wolf, 10th District of Virginia, urged the creation of an independent auditing group to monitor the construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project as a way to avoid cost overruns and protect the public's investment in the project.

In a letter to Charles Snelling, chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors, Wolf asked MWAA to appoint a group of independent auditors -- serving a similar function as an "inspector general" -- that would report to the board and others on a quarterly basis.

"I believe an outside auditing group would identify and prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement and give area residents who have a financial stake in Dulles rail the confidence that MWAA is making wise decisions to protect the interests of commuters.

" Because the success of Dulles rail is important to the success of the Dulles corridor and northern Virginia, I believe an independent auditing group is necessary to provide both MWAA and the public important information on the most significant and largest mass transit project being undertaken by the region’s economic engine."

In an e-mail to constituents, Wolf added that as chairman of the House transportation spending panel, he had seen projects such as Boston's "Big Dig" accumulate significant cost overruns. "I do not want the Dulles rail project to become Virginia's version of the 'Big Dig.'"

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1 comment:

  1. Lonnie H. Lincoln, VaDecember 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Isn't adding a possibly unnecessary additional layer of auditors also adding to the projected cost with no return and only paying a campaign contributor back with extra state cash to boot?

    I seldom trust this guy with my money.