Although he was separated from office from 28 February, auditor Agustín Caso Raphael must first appear deputies to explain the methodology he used to determine the cost of cancellation of Texcoco Airport which, according to the Audit’s estimate, amounted to 331 billion pesos, three times more than the federal government reported, although he later said his calculation had «inconsistencies».
The Surveillance Committee of the Chamber of Deputies agreed to quote Case, who headed the Special Performance Audit, for next Tuesday, March 9, reported by Deputy Mario Alberto Rodríguez, President of the Commission.
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«The work of the Higher Audit should not be pawned, so we agreed that the auditor explain his methodology and that he should tell us what the error was, discrepancy, the anomaly,» said Rodríguez, deputy of the citizen movement bench.
Agustín Caso will have to answer the questions of Members at Tuesday’s session to vent the issue of Texcoco airport, while in subsequent meetings the holders of the Federalized Expenditure Audits, Financial Compliance and the Holder of Legal Affairs will have to attend to analyze the other audits of the Public Account 2019.
The Audit delivered on February 27 its audit reports to the first year of government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. One of the audits, on the cost of cancelling Texcoco airport, prompted the president’s complaint at his morning conference two days after learning that the figure was three times what his government had reported.
On the same day at night, the Audit issued a statement acknowledging that the calculation of the figure had «inconsistencies» and was reviewing the report, something that had never happened before in the 21 years of the Audit’s existence.
Following the discrepancy in the figures, the Evaluation and Control Unit (UEC) of the Chamber of Deputies initiated an investigation into what happened in that audit. Also on Monday, March 1, the Federal Auditor, David Colmenares, was summoned to appear.
There he reported that the Audit will deliver in the coming days the «correct figure» of the cost of cancellation of Texcoco airport in consensus with the Airport Group of Mexico City – in charge of the project. Because, he said, «there is no pressure or bad faith. If there were any negative behavior, I would be the first to report it.»
Gerardo Lozano Dubernard, AsF’s Special Auditor for Financial Compliance, reported that they have had two meetings and «we already have a figure, but we are seeing what they have because it is very important to square figures. We are reviewing everything to give an amount, all cash flows to current weights because not all outstreams are costs.»
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