Airport sugar daddy under microscope

Fingers crossed that the bookkeepers in charge of FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) are more judicious than the folks at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Starting today, the US DOT’s Office of Inspector General will audit the AIP to check for improper payments.

The objective is “to evaluate whether FAA had adequate internal controls to prevent and detect improper payments to AIP grant recipients,” the office says in a statement.

The audit will test a statistical sample of AIP payments made between June 2007 and May 2008. Reviews will occur this week at FAA headquarters in DC, regional offices, airport district offices and AIP grantee locations.

The US Office of Management and Budget, “estimates that 3.5% of payments made government-wide were improper,” the office notes.

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