Audit of FTA's Oversight of Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Electric Bus Cooperative Agreement
On July 9, 2008, we issued our audit of FTA’s Oversight of Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) Electric Bus Cooperative Agreement. Our audit was related to PVTA’s agreement with ElectraStor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Our audit found that ElectraStor could not provide complete or reliable records to support the $4.04 million in Federal reimbursements it received or support the progress claimed. We also found that neither FTA nor PVTA adequately carried out the oversight specified in the agreement. The audit recognized that FTA has taken positive steps to improve its oversight of research grants and cooperative agreements since our audit began. FTA agreed with our recommendations that included developing an action plan to seek recovery of the funds and obtaining a final PVTA report disclosing research results. FTA also agreed with our recommendations to review all projects associated with the FTA manager responsible for the cooperative agreement and establish milestones and reporting requirements for the internal group it plans to establish to ensure its corrective action plan is implemented and functioning.