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Audit faults contracting, expenses on MWAA board

Tuesday - 5/15/2012, 3:16pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - A federal audit of the board that oversees Dulles and Reagan airports is questioning the board's policies for awarding contracts and reimbursing travel expenses.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has faced scrutiny over the last year for its management of a $6 billion project to extend Metrorail to Dulles Airport. Some commuters are angry that the financing plan relies heavily on raising rates on the Dulles Toll Road

The interim audit report, requested by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., found MWAA too often awarded contracts without competition. Board members' travel expenses were questioned, including a $9,200 plane ticket to Prague and a $4,800 dinner bill over three nights for board members and guests on a Hawaii trip.

MWAA's director said Tuesday he's committed to addressing the issues raised by the audit.

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