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Transit Benefits: How Some Federal Employees Are Taking Uncle Sam For A Ride

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Location: Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

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Agenda

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing entitled, "Transit Benefits: How Some Federal Employees Are Taking Uncle Sam For A Ride."  In 2006, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, at Senator Coleman’s request, initiated an investigation into possible abuses of the Federal Transit Benefit Program. Under this program, the federal government provides qualified federal employees with benefits for use on public transportation systems in order to reduce air pollution and decrease traffic congestion. For instance, employees living in the Washington, D.C. area receive a paper card, called a Metrochek or Metro Smartrip, with a magnetically encoded value that can be used on Metrorail or exchanged for an equivalent value in train or bus tickets. The April 24th Subcommittee hearing examined whether transit benefits are being misused, program rules are being violated, and agency oversight requires strengthening.

Witnesses

Panel 1

  • MR. GREGORY D. KUTZ
    Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations Unit
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Washington, DC
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  • MR. JOHN J. RYAN
    Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations Unit
    U. S. Government Accountability Office
    Washington, D.C.
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Panel 2

  • THE HONORABLE CALVIN L. SCOVEL III
    Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Mr. Thomas F. Gimble
    Acting Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Defense
    Washington, D.C.
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  • MS. LINDA J. WASHINGTON
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Administration
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Washington, D.C.
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  • MR. MICHAEL L. RHODES
    Deputy Director, Administration & Management
    Director, Washington Headquarters Services
    U.S. Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
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