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By Joe Nelson
Posted: 06/19/2013 03:34:59 PM PDT

A Federal Transit Administration audit, conducted in April on western San Bernardino County’s public transportation system Omnitrans, turned up 22 deficiencies, 19 of which pertained specifically to the agency’s $192 million sBX Rapid Transit project, The Sun has learned.

“I understand the FTA had serious concerns with some procurement practices that (Omnitrans) was not doing according to the letter of the law,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford said Wednesday. “But that was prior to our hiring a new procurement manager who has already tried to make all the necessary corrections.”

Rutherford serves on the 20-member Omnitrans board of directors composed of all five county supervisors and city council members from 15 cities, from San Bernardino to Chino Hills.

The audit, called a procurement system review (PSR), was conducted on-site in San Bernardino April 15-18. The PSR is part of a rigorous oversight program to ensure taxpayer funds are being used as intended, FTA spokeswoman Angela Gates said.

Omnitrans has put together a corrective plan of action to address the deficiencies and is expected to meet with FTA officials Thursday to finalize things, Rutherford said.

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