For Amtrak, 4 Challenges to Implementing IIJA Funds: OIG

Amtrak will face four main challenges as it modernizes and expands service with a minimum of $22 billion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding, according to the Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Amtrak is partnering with the states of New York and New Jersey to upgrade and replace “essential rail infrastructure” between Newark, N.J., and New York’s Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) by 2035, at an estimated cost of more than $30 billion.

For ‘Gateway’ Success, Amtrak Needs Better Program Management

Amtrak needs a comprehensive program management framework to govern how it will complete work across Gateway projects, a new Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has found.

The Amtrak OIG on Feb. 2 released a new report: “GOVERNANCE: Amtrak Has Begun to Address State Partners’ Concerns About Shared Costs But Has More Work to Do to Improve Relationships.”

Amtrak’s Homework: Address State-Partner Cost-Sharing Concerns

Amtrak has more work to do to improve relationships and trust among its state partners regarding cost-sharing, a new Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has found.

New Report Assesses Amtrak’s ADA Compliance Efforts

Better planning and coordination could help Amtrak complete an “aggressive” $1.2 billion plan to bring its remaining stations into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance by FY 2027, according to a report from the railroad’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Amtrak OIG: Ensure PTC Reliability

The Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended in a new report that Amtrak should “better measure” PTC (Positive Train Control) system reliability. It also noted that Amtrak faces two risks that may diminish the safety benefits of PTC.

Amtrak OIG Opioid Opinion

Some Amtrak employees are at risk of protracted prescription painkiller popping, Amtrak’s internal OIG (Office of Inspector General) says in a 40-page report, “SAFETY AND SECURITY: Expanded Random Drug Testing Could Help Further Detect and Deter Prescription Opioid Misuse.” The report notes that Amtrak “could strengthen its ability to detect and deter prescription opioid misuse among employees conducting safety-related work by expanding its random drug testing program.”

Amtrak OIG: Private varnish practices “inadequate”

Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General on Feb. 8 said it has “found longstanding management weaknesses in the company’s transport program for privately owned railcars, including inadequate controls for cost and revenue management, a lack of standard operating procedures, and limited safety and parking guidelines.”

Amtrak elevates Winters to IG

Amtrak’s Board of Directors has elevated Deputy Inspector General and Counsel Kevin Winters to Inspector General, effective immediately. Winters replaces Tom Howard, who will retire after working for 40 years in senior federal accountability positions. Winters has served as Deputy IG and Counsel since 2015, after serving as a senior executive with NASA’s Office of Inspector General for a decade.

Amtrak OIG spells out Amtrak’s “challenges”

Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General has released its biannual “management challenges”* report, “highlighting eight areas in which the company may face [problems] in fiscal years 2019 and 2020.”