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A federal audit is scrutinizing the financing and contracts behind the Silver Line, under construction under Tyson's Corner.

A federal audit is scrutinizing the agency that oversees Dulles and Reagan National airports for how it awards contracts and reimburses travel expenses. In particular, financial concerns surrounding the massive Silver Line project are under the microscope.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, otherwise known as MWAA, is facing questions surrounding its management of a $6 billion project to extend Metrorail to Dulles Airport. Some commuters are angry that the financing plan relies heavily on raising rates on the Dulles Toll Road, from less than $2 now to more than $6 a few years from now.

The interim audit report, requested by Representative Frank Wolf, found the MWAA too often awarded contracts without competition. Board members' travel expenses were questioned, including a $9,200 plane ticket to Prague and a $4,800 dinner bill over three nights for board members and guests on a Hawaii trip.

The agency's director says he's committed to addressing the issues raised by the audit.

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