The mayor's transition team has come out with its suite of reports on what to do with the government, and in those that fall within Housing Complex's world, the Transportation and Infrastructure document is more interesting than most: While giving good marks to agencies like the Department of Public Works, it excoriates Gabe Klein's Department of Transportation for being careless with city funds.
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, headed by Fort Lincoln developer Cellerino Bernardino and former City Administrator Thomas Downs, is the same body that booted Klein from his post, and their report almost reads like someone had a grudge against him from the get-go.
The agency, it says, "skirted accountability and mismanaged the transportation program," saddling Vince Gray's administration with a bunch of half-finished and now underfunded projects.
Among the allegations:
Most of these charges, which vindicate the Committee of 100's take on things, would probably fit under Klein's definition of running an entrepreneurial, flexible department with wide latitude to deploy DDOT's various revenue streams as needed.
When he announced his departure, he knew that continuing to work for Gray would curtail that style. Reading the committee's recommended remedies -- adherence to procedure, better financial planning, and enforcement of relevant laws -- it appears that Klein was probably right.
Gray Transition Committee Slams DDOT For Mismanagement was originally published by Washington City Paper on Feb 15, 2011