NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The board that runs the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is being commended by the New Orleans inspector general for improvements in its contracting process.
A 2013 review of airport contracting practices said the board had, in previous years, allowed some contracts to operate on a month-to-month basis, approved labor rates that didn’t comply with contracts and had approved payment of invoices without proper documentation.
Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s follow-up on Wednesday said the current management of the city-owned airport has taken actions to correct problems cited in the report - and noted cases in which corrective actions were already underway when the report was issued.
For example, the Aviation Board acknowledged in its response to earlier findings that invoices of more than $15,000 had been paid without proper board approval in past years, but said that the practice ended in 2010 after new management took over. Invoices checked by the inspector general were properly approved, the follow-up report said.
Also, the 2013 report noted that some contracts in the past had expired before the solicitation of new bids for work and said the board should verify that contracts are re-bid in a timely manner. The follow-up said contracts are now being monitored for timely renewal and competitive bids.
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