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Office of Financial and Program Audit

Office of Financial and Program Audit

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May 2012
Quarterly Report - DRAFT
Office of Financial & Program Audit
Quarterly Report May 2012 Page
Office of Financial & Program Audit
Dulles Metrorail Project
OFPA continues to monitor Phase I of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project. As of the February 2012 MWAAMonthly Progress Report, approximately $1.88 billion of the total $3.2 billion ($2.7 billion in construction, plus$.5 billion in finance costs) Phase I budget had been expended. The Design Build Contract has recordedchange orders of approximately 4.6% of the contract amount. MWAA has recognized projected costoverruns of $150 million, which bring the estimated construction cost of the Project to $2.85 billion. MWAAassesses this main construction component of the Project as 67% complete.The overall project schedule, as projected by DTP, changed from a 20 day schedule lapse in December 2011to a 27 day projected lapse in February 2012. The date for the official start of revenue service has notbeen changed by MWAA.
Parking Enforcement Review
The County has established a dedicated unit of parking enforcement officers within the Police Department tomonitor and enforce parking violations. Parking tickets generate approximately $3 million per year inrevenue for the county. OFPA reviewed parking citation data provided by the parking enforcement unit forcalendar years 2006 through 2011 and noted an overall decline in the total number of parking citations from73,523 in calendar year 2006 to 61,719 in calendar year 2011.
To help enhance parking enforcementactivities, the Police Department should consider expanding the use of volunteers, establish a formalmethod to broadly track and monitor the time parking enforcement officers spend on other assignedduties, develop more complete budget performance measures, and continue to work with the Departmentof Transportation to develop a strategy for dealing with the increased workload when the new metrostations for the Silver Line become operational.
Status of Cable Revenue Verifications
The County receives cable revenues from two primary sources: (1) Communications Sales and Use Taxes and(2) Public, Education, Governmental (PEG) access grants. Although the communications tax replaced thefranchise fee system in 2007, the county’s franchise agreements with Verizon, Cox, and Comcast remain ineffect until their expiration dates. It is important to periodically audit the cable providers because theirpayments are prone to errors and omissions. For communications taxes, the Virginia Department of Taxationis responsible for distributing revenues to localities based on a pre-determined distribution percentage. Evenminor adjustments to the distribution percentages are significant because the total state-wide communicationstax distribution is typically between $430,000,000 and $440,000,000 per year. Fairfax County’sdistribution percentage has been adjusted at least six times since the inception of the communications tax.However, the Virginia Department of Taxation has not published an updated distribution schedule, whichmakes it difficult to verify the accuracy of the adjusted distribution percentages. The Department of Cableand Consumer Services should initiate periodic audits during fiscal year 2013.

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