Audit Initiated of Opportunities for FHWA to Free Up Unneeded Funds in States Affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
November 30, 2005
Project ID: 06n3001m000
On November 30, we initiated an audit to assist FHWA and five Gulf Coast states by identifying funds dedicated to congressionally-directed highway projects that are no longer needed. With congressional approval, these earmarked funds could be freed up and redeployed to reduce the cost of reconstruction in those states. Because states often need several years to develop a project before beginning construction, we will limit our audit to projects directed in legislation enacted on or before October 2000.