Audit Outlines Anchorage Port Expansion Problems

A new audit has cataloged problems by the federal agency that was supposed to provide oversight of Port of Anchorage expansion.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A new audit has cataloged problems by the federal agency that was supposed to provide oversight of Port of Anchorage expansion.

The report by the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general concludes that the U.S Maritime Administration did not establish effective oversight mechanisms.

The audit says the agency did not adequately define its oversight or establish a sound risk management process.

The Maritime Administration had never before managed a major port project.

The project has been plagued by problems.

More than $300 million has already been spent. The estimated cost has increased since 2003 from $211 million to more than $1 billion.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said Friday the city is now managing port expansion and preparing a proposal request for a management team.