Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, joined Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. today in calling for an annual audit of the Dulles Rail project.
The congressmen asked Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) Calvin Scovel to audit both Phase 1, currently under construction, and Phase 2. Copies of the annual audit are to be sent to members of Congress, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties each December.
" As members of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, we have a responsibility to ensure that projects receiving federal assistance are completed in the most cost effective way and believe that your office is in a position to bring additional transparency and accountability to Dulles Rail,” the congressmen said in a letter to Scovel.
As far as transparency is concerned, one subcontractor told The Examiner that even he can’t get a copy of the contract he is working under. And the unelected Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board, which is managing Phase 2, is not accountable to Virginia taxpayers.
“We want to ensure that Dulles Rail is done well, done on time, and done on or under original cost estimates. It is imperative that all project decisions are made with the primary focus on keeping overall costs at a minimum."
As The Examiner pointed out last November, the cost of the 23-mile project has already increased by $4 billion in just four years.