April 3, 2014 By Kevin Rector, McClatchy News Service
A three-year state audit of the Maryland Transportation Authority found significant problems with how the organization handles purchases and an inadequate "disaster recovery plan" if its E-ZPass toll collection system fails.
The authority, which operates state toll facilities and transportation infrastructure such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the Maryland Department of Transportation, said it is addressing the issues.
The report, released Wednesday by the state's Office of Legislative Audits, reviewed the agency's operations between January 2010 and March 2013.
Finding that the MdTA lacks proper purchasing controls, the audit said that "60 employees had the ability in MdTA's automated purchasing system to initiate and approve purchasing transactions, and record the receipt of the related purchases without independent approval."