Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10th) today reintroduced two bills that would affect operations within the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA).
The first bill would create a permanent inspector general (IG) for MWAA, amending the Inspector General Act of 1978 by creating a special post with the sole duty of providing long term oversight of MWAA. Only the U.S. Secretary of Transportation can appoint and remove the IG, and no additional action from any jurisdiction on the state or local level is required for this position to be established. MWAA would be required to pay for the IG.
The second bill would reduce the size of the board of MWAA from 17 to nine members and give Virginia a clear majority of the seats. Six of the seats would be appointed by the governor of Virginia: the president, the mayor of DC and the governor of Maryland would each appoint one board member.
While I commend MWAA on its efforts to improve its operations over the past few months, more still needs to be done to ensure efficient and ethical practices," Wolf said.
Since 2010, Wolf has pushed for careful oversight of the operations within MWAA in order to correct the dysfunction, nepotism, waste and lack of transparency and governance that has existed at MWAA for years. Last fall, the DOT IG completed a report, commissioned by Wolf and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), chairman of the House subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which reviewed MWAA and its operations. Since Wolf's effort to bring more accountability to MWAA was signed into law in 2012, board members may now be removed "for cause" and must leave the board when their terms expire, instead of waiting for a replacement to be appointed. Virginia will also get two additional seats on the board.
Wolf's two bills in the 112th Congress were H.R. 5322 and H.R. 6356, respectively, were referred to the House Subcommittee on Aviation. Wolf said reintroducing the bills is a top priority in the 113th Congress.