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Audit Initiated of Opportunities for FHWA to Free Up Unneeded Funds in States Affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
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.
We issued a letter to the Secretary Mineta, FRA Administrator Rutter, and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Amtrak's compliance with condition 8 of its Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan.
This report identified that FRA used a flawed criterion to justify noncompetitive contract awards of $760,000 for replacing the FRA e-mail system.
According to transit operators, identifying, testing, and deploying low and no emission transit technologies are essential to their ability to meet Federal, State, and local clean air and efficiency requirements.
FRA Has Taken Steps To Improve Safety Data Reporting, but Lacks Standard Procedures and Training for Compliance Audits
This follow-up audit of the Tren Urbano Rail Transit Project in San Juan, Puerto Rico will assess the: (1) reliability of the project’s current cost and schedule estimate; (2) reasonableness of the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority’
FRA's Requirements For High Speed Rail Stakeholder Agreements Mitigated Risk, But Delayed Some Projects' Benefits
On November 1, we issued a report on the Stakeholder Agreement Requirements for the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant program. While FRA has awarded and obligated over $10.1 billion in grant
DOT/OIG Report on Enhancing the Federal Railroad Administration's Oversight of Track Safety Inspections
Our report found that FRA’s safety regulations for internal rail flaw testing did not require the railroads to report the specific track locations–milepost numbers or track miles–tested during these types of inspections.
The IG testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads regarding Amtrak’s financial status, performance to date of the Acela high speed train set, and the proposed Amtrak bond bill.