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MTA BOARD SELECTS ARTHUR SINAI FIRST INSPECTOR GENERAL

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A former federal official who led major investigative efforts for several U.S. governmental agencies including the Departments of Energy and Education has been selected as the MTA's first Inspector General.
 Arthur Sinai, 54, of Staten Island, N.Y., was selected following a national search. At the MTA, he will be responsible for special audits, investigations, and selected federal compliance functions.
 "The selection of Arthur Sinai provides us with an individual with a proven record of integrity, experience, and expertise for the Office of Inspector General," said Richard Alatorre, MTA chairman and Los Angeles city councilman. "We are building one of the most extensive rail construction programs in the nation, as well as providing bus and train service to some 1.2 million boarding passengers. It is imperative we have a strong and independent individual heading this important function."
 Sinai presently heads his own consulting firm which specializes in assisting management with investigations and forensic accounting.
 Sinai retired from federal service in 1989 after a distinguished public career that spanned more than 24 years of service with several federal agencies. When he retired, he was director, Western Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Energy, where he was responsible for investigative activities for the western United States. He previously served for seven years as an assistant inspector general, U.S. Department of Education, and as a deputy director with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations.
 He also has worked as a deputy assistant secretary (Enforcement) for the U.S. Treasury Department where he was responsible for the enforcement and internal affairs functions of the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
 Prior to his federal service in the area of audits and special investigations, Sinai worked at several agencies in Illinois including director, Office of Special Investigations, which was a statewide anti- corruption agency.
 In 1984, Sinai was honored by former President Ronald Reagan when he was selected as one of the three most outstanding federal employees for that year for his work in combating fraud, waste, and abuse in government.
 Before starting his own firm, he served as deputy commissioner with the New York City Department of Corrections where he was responsible for audits, inspections, as well as investigative and compliance activities.
 Sinai earned his bachelors degree from Brooklyn College in New York and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
 "The MTA is a large, far-flung organization which is spending an enormous amount of the taxpayers' dollars," said Franklin White, MTA chief executive officer. "We need a strong, vigilant, highly experienced person to ensure these funds are properly expended. I believe Arthur Sinai is that person."
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 /CONTACT: Rick Jager or Jim Smart, 213-972-4677 or 213-244-7443, both of MTA News Bureau/


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