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Executive summary: Audit of the employee transit benefit program

September 1994

If you require the entire printed version of the audit report, contact the Office of Inspector General, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463 or call Dorothy Maddox-Holland, Special Assistant, phone: (202) 694-1015, fax: (202) 501-8134, or e-mail:

Executive summary

The Federal Election Commission Transit Benefit Program, established in April of 1992 provides a monthly transit subsidy to eligible employees who commute by means other than single occupancy motor vehicles. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the program to assess compliance with agency and statutory requirements, review the internal controls, and assess the effectiveness of the program. The OIG concluded that the FEC Transit Benefit Program is operated very well and generally complies with statutory and agency requirements. In addition, the internal controls of the program are sufficient to prevent fraud, waste or abuse. A survey conducted by the OIG during the course of the audit revealed that the program has been effective in encouraging employees to change their commuting habits in favor of public transportation. Among the 161 responses out of 235 surveyed, 40 participants (or approximately 25%) changed their primary method of commuting to public transportation after the implementation of the transit benefit program.