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U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General. AASHTO Internal/External Audit Conference Phoenix, Arizona July 16, 2012 OIG Update and Audit Plan. Joseph Comé Assistant Inspector General for Highway and Transit Audits. OIG Mission.
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The OIG supports DOT in meeting its goals of safety, reduced congestion, global connectivity, environmental stewardship, security, and organizational excellence.
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For the first half of fiscal year 2012:
Refinements to DOT's Management of the Highway Trust Fund's Solvency Could Improve the Understanding and Accuracy of Shortfall.
FTA’s Charter Bus Service Regulation on Transit Services.
DOT Can Improve Oversight of Denali Commission's Use of Federal Transportation Funds.
New York City Fulton Street Transit Center: FTA’s Sustained Focus on Key Risk Areas Is Needed Until the Project Is Completed.
Oversight of Federal-Aid and Recovery Act Projects Administered by Local Public Agencies Needs Strengthening.
Opportunities to Foster Contract Competition and Maximize Use of Federal-aid Funds.
Financial Analysis of Transportation-Related Public Private Partnerships.
DOT Needs to Improve Tracking and Monitoring of Single Audits Findings.
Challenges to Improving Oversight of Rail Transit Safety and Implementing Enhanced Federal Role.
LPAs administer approximately $8 billion in Federal-aid highway program funds yearly; ARRA added an additional $8 billion.
Error rates found in LPA Administered projects reviewed:
Source: OIG Report MH-2011-146
Nearly one-fifth of ARRA contracts awarded by State DOTs received just 1 or 2 bids, which could have significant cost implications.
ARRA Contracts by Number of Bids
Overall prices for contracts with 1 or 2 bids were, on average, 11 percent higher than prices for contracts that received 3 bids.
Source: OIG Report ZA-2012-084