We recently completed an audit of TVA’s use of fixed-wing aircraft (FWA). Subsequent to issuance of our report (on March 29, 2018), we received a concern that TVA-owned FWA flew to Oxford, Mississippi, home of TVA’s Board Chair, at least 76 times between January 2013 and February 2018. The concern stated “These trips to Oxford may represent additional occurrences of fraud and/or abuse, which deserve investigation by OIG. At the least, the Oxford trips are likely an inefficient use of TVA resources, which resulted in a significant number of flight legs where the aircraft [was] empty of passengers.” We performed a limited scope review of flights to and from Oxford, Mississippi, for the period January 9, 2013, through February 9, 2018, and determined none of the flights were for non-TVA business purposes. We did not look at the cost effectiveness of these flights because our previous audit determined one of the weaknesses of TVA’s FWA program was that cost comparison analyses prior to use of FWA were not performed.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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