BEND, Ore. — The state has chosen an outside contractor to audit the Oregon Department of Transportation, kicking off an effort to pass a road-funding package during the 2017 legislative session.

The Bulletin reports ( that auditing ODOT is a central part of the road-funding package set to be considered by the Legislature in February, as some lawmakers don’t see how they could support a transportation proposal without an independent audit of the $3.7 billion agency.

Oregon chose the New York-based firm McKinsey & Co. to conduct the audit for nearly $1 million.

The new contract comes after the state rescinded a contract offered to john L. Craig Consulting this summer due to a potential conflict of interest.

Information from: The Bulletin,