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Fairfax Board Seeks Changes to Wolf's MWAA Bill

Frank Wolf (R-10th)'s legislation would give Virginia more appointees on the MWAA Board of Directors, but supervisors want a hand in the appointment process.

As U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) prepares a bill that would change the makeup of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are asking him to include language that would give Northern Virginia more influence in appointing members.

The MWAA Board — which has been sharply criticized by Virginia officials in Fairfax and elsewhere for its handling of the Dulles Metrorail project, including a squabble over a labor agreement for Phase 2 of the line that will run from Reston to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County — currently includes three presidential appointees, five appointees from Virginia, three from D.C. and three from Maryland.  

Wolf’s proposed legislation would scale down the board from 13 to nine members: six from Virginia, and one appointee each from the mayor of Washington, D.C., the governor of Maryland and the President of the United States.

In a letter to Wolf and U.S. Reps. Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th), Supervisors requested Northern Virginia officials in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties have a hand in the appointment process.

“Changing the number of Board Members representing Virginia does not, in itself, ensure that they will be responsive to the public,” the letter reads.

They also requested that the legislation include criteria for picking MWAA Board members “to ensure that they can adequately address the issues that the MWAA Board regularly deals with.”

The board approved the letter at its Sept. 25 meeting, thanking the congressmen for their work but hoping for more change.

“We believe that improvements to the governance at MWAA are critical, so that reforms are not dependent on individual appointees, but rather become part of the institutional culture at MWAA,” reads the Board’s letter.

chefgio1 September 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Bieng this Board is at sleep as normal and as the Democrates in the US SENATE are not working with the House to enact legislation the House has already passed, Congressmen Wolf should not include these local yokels in any appointment process because they are too close to any potential appointees in this area and nothing will change because if you look closely at the politics of this Board they are similar to politics in DC and Maryland and they want to mirror them. Many of us disagree with them. Wolf needs to look to Richmond or the Virginia's Congressmen and women to conduct this selection process.
Bob Bruhns September 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
This is a bunch of thieves fighting over stolen money. They know exactly what they are doing - not a single one of these so-called 'leaders' ever breathes a single word about the near double cost, because control of the surplus money from the massive overcharge has been the main purpose of this job since about 2002. Taxpayers should have paid attention to the near-double prices of Dulles Rail construction, because those costs are headed home to roost. http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/Dulles-Rail---Silver-Line-overcost-report---Bruhns.pdf
No Toll Increase October 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Regardless of who appoints them, we still have an unaccountable board committing highway robbery. They will continue to drive up the costs of commuting on the Dulles Toll Road unless Virginia takes control back. Virginia State Senator Richard Black is asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to have VDOT take the DTR back from MWAA- this is a huge step towards slowing or stopping toll increases. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B64IfZTFiYIAeGo1dmpWVjlhMUE Toll Road users and local residents need to contact Gov. McDonnell and ask him to take our road back. He can be reached at (804) 786-2211 or http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm For more information, visit www.NoTOLLincrease.org
Dave Webster October 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Could we see a copy of the letter?
No Toll Increase October 01, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Sen. Black's letter to the Governor? It's at this link: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B64IfZTFiYIAeGo1dmpWVjlhMUE

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