Inspector General

Inspector GeneralHarriet Richardson named as first BART Inspector General

California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Harriet Richardson to be BART’s first Inspector General.  

The BART Inspector General will plan, direct, and manage the independent oversight of all District activities and operations to ensure the effective use of resources and compliance with applicable federal and state laws.  The Inspector General is empowered to conduct independent audits and investigations and to provide reports of findings to BART’s Board of Directors, the California State Legislature, and the public.  

The position of Inspector General was created when Bay Area voters approved Regional Measure 3 in June of 2018.  The measure increases tolls on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges to fund $4.45 billion in transit and highway improvement projects.  BART projects funded by RM3 include additional Fleet of the Future cars as well as support for extending BART’s Silicon Valley service to Santa Clara.

Richardson brings almost 30 years of experience conducting independent management reviews and audits.  She has received six audit awards from the Association of Local Government Auditors and her work has led to many significant reforms during her career here, in the Bay Area, and Washington state.  Most recently, Richardson worked as the City Auditor for the City of Palo Alto.  She has also served as the Audit Director for the City of San Francisco and the Audit Manager/Deputy Director of the City of Berkeley’s Auditor’s Office among other positions.

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Harriet Richardson



October 25, 2019: BART approved a fixture for the the M-line tunnel lighting upgrade that did not meet key contract specifications.