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Flawed bid would cost state $284M, whistle-blower says

By Nelson Daranciang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2013

~~<p>A woman who says she was hired by the state Department of Education to manage its program to use solar and wind energy to cut electrical costs at all public schools says department officials wanted to award a potentially billion-dollar contract to a vendor whose bid was flawed and could wind up costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars more than the other vendor's proposal.</p>
<p>Sarah McCann filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in state court Friday against schools Superintendent Kathryn Mata&shy;yo&shy;shi and the DOE. She contends she was fired in June for writing an audit critical of the preferred vendor's bid and for refusing a superior's order to destroy the report.</p>
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A woman who says she was hired by the state Department of Education to manage its program to use solar and wind energy to cut electrical costs at all public schools says department officials wanted to award a potentially billion-dollar contract to a vendor whose bid was flawed and could wind up costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars more than the other vendor's proposal.

Sarah McCann filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in state court Friday against schools Superintendent Kathryn Mata­yo­shi and the DOE. She contends she was fired in June for writing an audit critical of the preferred vendor's bid and for refusing a superior's order to destroy the report. Login for more...



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