Three no-bid consulting contracts that paid former board members nearly $79,000 this year were ended by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority after strong rebukes from federal and state officials.
An agreement Thursday ended the lobbying services of Kenneth Klinge of JKK Associates, and a similar deal Friday ended the lobbying contract of Robert L. Calhoun. Both are former board members. Their contracts will end by Sept. 5, authority spokesman David Mould said. Klinge has been paid about $37,000 this year, and Calhoun received about $18,000, Mould said.
The authority earlier ended the contract of former board member Leonard Manning, who had a deal to develop air cargo business involving flower imports. His deal closed Aug. 8. He had been paid about $23,000 this year, Mould said.
The authority, which oversees the region’s two largest airports and is building the multibillion-dollar Metrorail extension to Dulles, has been under increasing pressure to change how it operates after damaging reports of lavish travel, a botched search for a new chief executive and the insider contracts. The criticism includes an ongoing review by the inspector general for the federal Transportation Department.