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Remarks of Inspector General Kenneth Mead at the 2004 National Fraud Awareness Conference

FHWA Administrator Mary Peters and Inspector General Mead were the keynote speakers at the third national fraud awareness conference held in Seattle, WA. More than 215 registrants representing some 40 states attended the conference, which was cosponsored by OIG, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, FHWA, FTA and the American Public Transit Administration.

In his remarks, the IG stated that if the efficiency with which the $700 billion invested by the Federal Government and states over the last six years in highway projects had been improved by only percent, an additional $7 billion would have been made available. He also described the progress made since the last fraud conference in 2002 and cited the need for additional work in the following areas: making use of inactive obligations; improving cost recovery, enhancing oversight of compensation and overhead costs claimed by engineer and design firms; improving information sharing between state and federal transportation agencies, and assessing resources available to combat contract and grant fraud.