SANDAG board member Ron Roberts points to where the Blue Line trolley extention will cross Interstate 5. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego Association of Governments is seeking at least three people to serve on a committee that will oversee auditing of the regional planning and transportation agency.

Among the duties of the Audit Committee will be hiring and supervising the work of the independent performance auditor, a position created as part of reforms at SANDAG following a scandal last year.

The three Audit Committee members will serve with two SANDAG board members for a two-year term, beginning around March.

The board is also potentially looking for alternate members.

The Audit Committee will be responsible for making recommendations to the SANDAG board regarding the hiring of the agency’s auditor and will oversee that auditor, the creation of the annual audit plan and internal control guidelines.

The committee will monitor implementation of any corrective actions suggested by audits, according to SANDAG.

Members must have at least 10 years experience as a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, or 10 years of other professional financial experience, according to the agency.

Applications for the positions will be accepted until Feb. 3.

Application materials are available at www.sandag.org/AuditCommittee.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year changed the way the board conducts its votes and called for creation of the Audit Committee following a scandal.

An economic modeling error caused the agency to overstate the projected revenues from 2016’s Measure A, which would have raised the countywide sales tax by a half-cent in order to pay for transportation and environmental improvements. Staff became aware of the problem before November’s election, but failed to inform board members or the public.

The measure fell short of the two-thirds necessary for passage.

Longtime SANDAG executive director Gary Gallegos resigned shortly after the release of a scathing report from an Orange County law firm commissioned by the agency that primarily delved into details of the failed economic forecast, but also found that agency executives ordered the deletion of documents related to the issue that were less than 60 days old.

The agency has a $1.3 billion annual budget.

—City News Service

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