COTA Successfully Completes USDOT State Management Review Audit | News

(Governor’s Office) – On May 2, 2022, Special Assistant for Public Transportation Alfreda Camacho Maratita received an official notice from U.S. Department of Transportation Region IX Administrator – Federal Transit Administration Ray Tellis thanking the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority for have passed the required state management review audit.

Special Assistant for Public Transportation Alfreda Camacho Maratita with officials from USDOT-FTA Region IX – Bernardo Bustamante, Director of the Office of Program Management and Project Oversight and Ryan Fujii, General Engineer – during introductory presentations territorial climate and infrastructure update held in March in Honolulu, Hawaii.

During the periods between March and July 2021, the USDOT0FTA conducted a full review audit of the CNMI Transit Agency. The FTA State Management Review is a comprehensive recipient monitoring review designed to assess management practices and program implementation to ensure that programs are administered in accordance with all provisions of the Federal Public Transit Act, meet the requirements of the FTA and meet the objectives of the program.

Specifically, the USDOT-FTA inspected the following areas: Transit Asset Management, Procurement, Drug and Alcohol Program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Public Transit Agency Safety Plan, Maintenance, Satisfactory Continuing Control, Legal, Financial Management and Capacity, Technical Capacity – Awards Management, Program Management, Project Management, Title VI, ADA and the following specific Federal Section requirements: 5307, 5310, and 5311.

“The successful completion of this State Management Review audit is a true reflection of the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority’s continued commitment to sound program management, financial capability and technical capability. It also reflects our commitment as FTA grant recipients for the CNMI that we are responsible for the administration of millions of federal funds that have been dedicated to the creation and expansion of surface transportation for the enhancement of our beloved Commonwealth,” said Special Assistant Camacho Maratita.

“I join the U.S. Department of Transportation in thanking Special Assistant Alfreda Camacho Maratita and the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority — everyone from bus drivers to office staff — for adhering to federal transportation requirements after having passed the State Management Review Audit, and I commend them for their hard work in continuing to provide, secure and develop reliable, safe and comfortable public transportation in the Marianas,” the Governor said. Ralph DLG Torres.

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