The House has approved creating a permanent inspector general (IG) for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) announced.
Wolf said the provision is in the FY 2013 Transportation Appropriations bill approved by a 261-163 vote this afternoon. The Senate has yet to take up its version of the bill.
Wolf in April introduced legislation to create a permanent IG for MWAA in anticipation of the May release of the interim findings of an ongoing Department of Transportation IG investigation of MWAA. Wolf requested the IG review last year. The report is expected to be completed by fall.
Wolf said the language in the transportation bill establishes the Department of Transportation IG as the permanent auditor of MWAA and requires the authority to cover its costs. The IG would have complete and total access to MWAA, its board and its contractors and subcontractors.