U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Tuesday he has appointed an accountability officer to monitor the agency responsible for managing the construction of the multi-billion billion Silver Line rail extension — an interim step until a permanent inspector general is established by Congress.
Kimberly Moore, a career attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the General Counsel, will report directly to LaHood and will have the authority to examine operations of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s 13-member board of directors and 1,400 employees.
“MWAA’s leadership is committed to greater transparency,” LaHood said in a written statement. “The accountability officer will help further ensure that the organization’s policies and practices meet high standards of ethics and fiscal responsibility.”
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said Moore would be the “. . . eyes and ears of the secretary.”
“I think the airports authority has been out of control,” said Wolf who called for the inspector general review that turned up a number of questionable travel and entertainment expenses by members of the board of directors and contracting issues.