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    Inspector general critiques Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority audit practices

    The agency that manages the region’s two airports was again criticized in a federal inspector general’s report released last week.

    The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports and the Dulles Toll Road and is managing the ongoing construction of the Silver Line, has been subject to a series of reviews since 2009.

    In its latest report, the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General found that MWAA’s internal audit office was not following industry best practices and had failed to establish policies and procedures to guide its operations.

    “While the Office is beginning to make improvements, it faces continuing challenges to performing high quality work and achieving its goal of providing reasonable assurance that MWAA has an effective system of internal controls,” read a statement from the inspector general’s office.

    MWAA has accepted the inspector general’s recommendations for improving its audit processes and outlined a plan to implement them.

    “We appreciate the efforts of the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General and welcome these recommendations. We intend to implement them as expeditiously as feasible,” read a released statement from MWAA.

    A 2012 inspector general’s report regarding the agency’s contracting practices and travel reimbursement policy led to a staff and board shakeup and significant policy changes at the authority.

    The inspector general’s office has continued to review and monitor MWAA’s financial control and audit functions since that time. The agency is also monitoring construction of the second phase of the Silver Line, as it did for the first construction phase.


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