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Report: Metro spending $51 million on consultants

Monday - 2/13/2012, 10:16am  ET

WASHINGTON - A newspaper report says Metro is paying more than $51 million to consultants to help better run the transit agency.

The Washington Examiner, citing data obtained through a public records request, says Metro is spending $51.9 million on current consulting contracts with 18 different companies.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the figure represents about 2 percent of the agency's budget for fiscal year 2012.

Among the things that the consultants are analyzing are escalators, fare cards and crafting requests for other outside contracts to help keep the transit system running.

Stessel says the agency is trying to use the consultants in a way where they "augment in-house staff." He says Metro will try to hire personnel and develop them if there is a long-term need for a certain skill.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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