Thursday, November 29, 2012

KBWI faulted for handling of $38m in contracts: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland

A Maryland state auditor faulted the agency overseeing the Baltimore airport for its handling of contracts worth $38 million.

The report by the Maryland General Assembly's Office of Legislative Audits found that the Maryland Aviation Administration failed to adequately monitor spending on architectural and engineering contracts, among other issues.

But Paul Wiedefeld, executive director of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, said the agency has already corrected four of the eight problems the auditor cited and will correct the rest over the next two months.

"It's process-related things that we should be doing. We're going to do training to make sure people understand the processes. Some things we just have to put in place. We just didn't have the mechanical capabilities of doing that. But no one was doing anything unethical. It wasn't that type of issue," Wiedefeld said.

In addition to the lack of oversight on the contracts, auditors found that "internal control and record keeping deficiencies" allowed employees to make purchases without supervisor approval and created problems with inventory records. Though eight employees had the ability to make unapproved purchases, the audit did not find that they bought anything inappropriate.

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