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Investigate airport contracts


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

~~<p>Legislators learned nearly three years ago about &quot;dysfunctional&quot; practices in the state's Airports Division leading to the resignation of a high official. Now, the state auditor has released a report about the extraordinary scope of &quot;questionable practices&quot; during that period, fiscal 2009 and 2010, based on government documentation &mdash; but a broad investigation by the state attorney general is needed to determine whether prosecution is warranted. Such incompetence, costing at least $1 million of questionable work, may be just the tip of the iceberg and the public is entitled to know the fuller picture.</p>
<p>The auditor reports a pattern of &quot;numerous procurement violations and instances of non-compliance&quot; throughout the Department of Transportation's Airports Division at least during those years. The recipient was California-based Parsons Transportation Group Inc., and the question is what the company offered state officials in return for lavish payment.</p>
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Legislators learned nearly three years ago about "dysfunctional" practices in the state's Airports Division leading to the resignation of a high official. Now, the state auditor has released a report about the extraordinary scope of "questionable practices" during that period, fiscal 2009 and 2010, based on government documentation — but a broad investigation by the state attorney general is needed to determine whether prosecution is warranted. Such incompetence, costing at least $1 million of questionable work, may be just the tip of the iceberg and the public is entitled to know the fuller picture.

The auditor reports a pattern of "numerous procurement violations and instances of non-compliance" throughout the Department of Transportation's Airports Division at least during those years. The recipient was California-based Parsons Transportation Group Inc., and the question is what the company offered state officials in return for lavish payment. Login for more...



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