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    Semiannual Report to Congress #55

    Semiannual report to the US Congress for October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017. We trust that you will find this report informative.

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    AMTRAK: MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES

    Top Management and Performance Challenges — Fiscal Years 2017 & 2018

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    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

    Amtrak employee violated company policy by accepting a $1,000 donation from one of the company’s vendors to help with personal medical expenses

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    ANNUAL AUDIT PLAN FOR 2017

    Throughout 2017, we plan to start up to 22 audits that will focus on high-risk and high-impact issues related to the company’s strategic goals of financial excellence, safety and security, and customer focus.

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    VIOLATION OF AMTRAK POLICIES

    Two Employees Terminated, and Eight Others Suspended for Violations of Amtrak Policies

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    TRAIN OPERATIONS

    On-Time Performance Reporting Generally Accurate; Additional Actions Could Enhance Delay Reporting

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    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

    Employee approved $445,000 in purchase requisitions for the contractor and improperly obligated approximately $80,000 of company funds to the contractor without authority or proper approval

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    ACQUISITION AND PROCUREMENT

    Improved Management and Oversight of GE Diesel Locomotive Service Contract Could Lead to Savings

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    ACQUISITION AND PROCUREMENT

    Master Services Agreements Are Not Strategically Managed, and Award and Oversight Processes Can Be Improved

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