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Letter to National Railroad Passenger Corporation CEO announces Amtrak review to be conducted

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In response to requests from the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG), in conjunction with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) OIG, will review the costs and expenditures associated with legal services performed for Amtrak. The review will involve the top ten recipients of outside legal fees from Amtrak for the last three years, regardless of the subject matter of the legal services. The initial phase of the review will focus on, among other areas, Amtrak’s processes for the procurement of outside legal services, its disbursement of funds related to those services, and the use of its in-house legal resources. In addition, the review will address Amtrak’s legal costs and expenditures on the Northeast High-Speed Rail Improvement Project.