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California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week announced the appointment of Harriet Richardson as the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) first inspector general.
In her new role, Richardson will plan, direct and manage the independent oversight of BART operations to ensure the effective use of resources and compliance with federal and state laws. Richardson may also conduct independent audits and investigations, and provide reports of findings to BART’s board, the California State Legislature and the public.
The position was created when Bay Area voters approved Regional Measure 3 in 2018, which increased tolls on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges to fund $4.45 billion in transit and highway improvement projects.
Richardson's appointment helps BART "reach a new level of transparency and accountability to the riding public and the taxpayers who fund the cost of BART infrastructure and operations,” said BART Board District 1 Director Debora Allen in a press release.
Richardson has almost 30 years of experience conducting independent management reviews and audits. Most recently, she served as city auditor for tPalo Alto, California. Previously, she served as San Francisco's audit director, as well as deputy director and audit manager for Berkeley’s auditor’s office.