Auditor’s Office Launches Project to Improve Efficiency and Eliminate Waste at Department of Transportation

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JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Office of State Auditor Shad White launched a study to identify savings and cut fat at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Auditor’s office will hire private sector experts to conduct the analysis with guidance from the Auditor’s office. The study began with the release today of the Auditor’s request for proposals (RFP) to all qualified consultants interested in conducting the performance audit.

“My office is pleased to begin this analysis of places to save money in road and bridge spending, and I’m thankful that the Legislature and Governor placed their trust in my office to identify any waste in infrastructure spending. We’re ready to step up to the challenge,” said Auditor White.

During a recent special session, the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2018 authorized new spending by the Department of Transportation and required the Auditor’s office to oversee the completion of a performance audit of MDOT. The Auditor’s RFP scope states that the performance audit could examine, among other things,

• whether engineering fees charged to taxpayers are excessive,
• whether road and bridge projects are being effectively managed to avoid project delays and cost overruns,
• whether project selection can be improved,
• whether the most cost-effective vendors are being chosen,
• and how MDOT performs compared to other states or private sector infrastructure companies.

The request for proposals is the description of the scope of the performance audit. It begins the formal process for outside experts to bid on the contract to conduct this audit. The Auditor’s office will accept proposals from prospective bidders until March 4, 2019, at 2PM CST. After selection, the consultant and Auditor must submit the report to the Mississippi Legislature no later than December 31, 2019.

White said, “My goal is to find a recognized company with private sector expertise in rooting out waste. Our hope is to spread the word about this critical project to attract as many bidders as possible and find the best partner available.”

The request for proposal document can be viewed online or can be obtained by contacting the Auditor’s office at 1-(800)-321-1275.

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