After Inspector General’s Draft Report Finds Major Flaws in MWAA’s Auditing Process, Norton Will Introduce Bill to Make MWAA Comply with Federal Auditing and Contracting Regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) draft report released last week citing major problems with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) auditing policies and procedures, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, today announced she will introduce a bill to require MWAA to adopt Federal Acquisition Regulations, federal anti-nepotism rules, and generally accepted federal auditing standards. The Inspector General’s report raised concerns about MWAA’s lack of internal oversight, inability to follow standard operating procedures, and failure to properly document its internal audits. Norton has introduced similar bills to reform MWAA acquisition and hiring rules in the two previous Congresses.
“Unfortunately, this latest report showcasing the chronic failures at MWAA is not breaking news,” Norton said. “For years, similar reports have warned that MWAA’s contracting and other financial processes lack meaningful oversight from its Office of Audit, which is in desperate need of reform. How many unfavorable IG reports are enough? Is there a good reason not to adopt federal regulations that would end the practices that keep coming under criticism? We have given MWAA several chances to reform itself, and although some changes, I am pleased to note, have been made, the recent IG report shows that the agency still has a long way to go to regain the public’s trust. Now is the time to put an end to the serial controversies about MWAA’s contracting and financial management processes.”
Norton believes that Federal Acquisition Regulations and federal auditing standards are appropriate because MWAA was created by Congress in 1986 for a compact between the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia to manage our airports. MWAA manages Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport under a lease with DOT and employs more than 1,400 people. MWAA is also responsible for construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project, half of which opened last year.