The weekend item in the Wall Street Journal has a couple of interesting tid-bits about the Amtrak office of Inspector General. For example, only $8 million in stimulus funds have been spent so far. Although I am not a blindly obedient follower of Amtrak management, one can well imagine that somebody would complain that Amtrak was unwisely plowing through the case if there were more already spent.
The story is a good background piece and focuses on the recent changes and interim IG Lorraine Green.
Due to the controversy, Ms. Green said she is counting on Gary Glowacki, deputy inspector general for audits, to manage the office’s oversight of how Amtrak spends $1.3 billion in stimulus funds.
In an interview, Mr. Glowacki said Amtrak has spent only $8 million of the stimulus funds. “I’m confident we’re going to be able to provide our oversight responsibilities,” he said.
Ms. Green assumed the watchdog post earlier this year following what Messrs. Towns and Issa described as the “forced retirement” of former inspector general Fred Weiderhold, who had “aggressively investigated and questioned Amtrak’s general counsel’s office for spending tens of millions of dollars on outside law firms.”