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DRPA Says It Is In Forward Gear With Agency Reforms

(The DRPA board meets on July 18, 2012.  Credit: David Madden)

(The DRPA board meets on July 18, 2012. Credit: David Madden)

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By David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — The Delaware River Port Authority says it is working to implement — and set in stone — many of the reforms approved by the agency almost two years ago.

One month after the agency’s inspector general noted problems in adopting the approved reforms (see related story), a group of 14 employees is meeting regularly to make sure the changes that are being adopted comply with DRPA bylaws and other internal operating rules.

Communications director Tim Ireland is leading the effort.

“We are going to attempt to complete the reforms by the end of the year — not a promise, but it’s a goal,” he tells KYW Newsradio, “and we’re pretty sure right now that we can get there or close to it.”
The idea here is to get everyone on the same page, particularly on the ethical standards now in place — providing repercussions for violators and getting training programs up for the long term.

Some of these changes may require additional board action, according to DRPA officials.