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McDonnell announces his first independent audits for state agencies

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) this morning announced that he will begin a series of audits designed to improve performance and efficiency of Virginia's transportation agencies.

"Before we can talk about revenues or additional investments of public and private capital into our highways, work is needed to improve public confidence in our ability to manage our current transportation dollars,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "We must restore the credibility of our transportation programs in the eyes of the General Assembly and the general populace. Thorough independent audits are the first step in that process."

McDonnell signed bills Thursday that allowed him to conduct the audits, which will cost less than $500,000. The General Assembly had considered -- but failed to pass -- the audits for a number of years.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission will review planning and programming activities; Cherry, Bekaert and Holland, LLP will review operations and maintenance practices at VDOT; the Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center at the Federal Highway Administration will review research programs administered by the Virginia Transportation Research Council; and KPMG Corporate Finance, LLC will review a program assessment of the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act program to develop standardized goals, processes, priorities and program delivery tools for public-private projects.

McDonnell is launching an aggressive initiative to reshape and shrink state government, an attempt to make good on one of his signature campaign promises and leave a lasting mark on the state. He is expected to announce a team of 25 advisers this week that will spend months searching for ways to shave hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget and make government more user-friendly. They will include Speaker Bill Howell, Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, and Del. Bob Brink.

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 19, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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his use of a non-competitive bidding process to procure the audits dooms his efforts before they have even started.
its a dog and pony show that will just steer more money to his friends.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 19, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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