Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority: Board seeking to repair its image

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority meets Wednesday with one goal in mind: to repair an image battered by reports of insider contracts, lavish travel spending and other questionable dealings.

Members are expected to approve new rules for travel and entertainment, and begin discussion on a new ethics policy they hope will erase the image of a dysfunctional board that operates by its own rules.

The proposed travel policy would put limits on the amount of money board members can spend on plane tickets and meals. In the past, board members argued that the money they get for trips and meals makes up for the fact they are not paid for their board service.

But board Chairman Michael Curto said that if the board is to restore trust in its ability to manage the Silver Line Metrorail extension, is must change its practices.

For the first time in the authority’s history, board trips must be approved by the board’s chairman or vice chairman. While meals will be covered, board members who want to order a glass of wine or a cocktail will have to do so at their own expense.

Read more here:   http://www.washingtonpost.com

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