D.C. Auditor Otis H. Troupe told a D.C. Council committee yesterday that oversight of the D.C. Boxing Commission requires strengthening and review after questionable travel expenses were approved for the former boxing commission chairman.
Troupe, who has been conducting an audit of the commission, said guidelines for travel by commissioners are inadequate or, in some areas, nonexistent.
Cora Wilds, the former boxing commission chairman, resigned in October following reports that she allegedly double-billed thousands of dollars in travel expenses.
The council's Committee on Public Services asked Troupe to expand the audit to include a study of the expenditures and disposition of fees and fines collected by the commission. Council member Frank Smith Jr. (D-Ward 1) said he is uncertain whether there has been any accounting of the funds.
Also, Troupe found fault with the oversight of the commission exercised by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. He said there was very little review of travel spending, noting that no agency official appeared to question travel requests.
Troupe said the commission's mission needed to be clarified. By law, he said, the commission exists to regulate boxing and wrestling, issue licenses and permits, collect fees and train events personnel. However, he said, Wilds had indicated she did extensive traveling to promote boxing safety.
Troupe told the committee he will submit his audit report this week.
D.C. Inspector General Vernon S. Gill also testified at yesterday's hearing. Gill and Troupe said they had found no apparent violations by other commission members.
It was reported in October that Wilds charged the city for about $3,000 in travel expenses for trips in 1983 and 1985 at the same time that an international boxing organization had paid the expenses. Wilds subsequently returned $2,745 to the joint boxing association.