Monday, May 10, 2010

Purchase Allegations Called ‘Baseless Rubbish’

The latest salvo in the firefight launched by former Governor Ben Cayetano around rail procurement procedures is in the Advertiser’s letters column today.

Rix Maurer III, the City’s chief procurement officer, called Cayetano’s allegations “baseless, politically motivated rubbish and a waste of the taxpayers’ time and money.”

"His claims regarding the process we used to hire firms working on rail are spurious. The City and County of Honolulu has been prudently, if not meticulously, complying with all federal, state, and county procurement laws and regulations for the rail project. That's been confirmed by federal reviews of the financial plan, an analysis by the Hawaii Business Roundtable, and an audit by the city auditor."
The rail project is the largest project in the history of the state and is subject to unprecedented scrutiny and oversight, so it's inconceivable project managers would cut corners in shepherding it through to completion. We're left to conclude, as Mr. Maurer has, that the charges of impropriety are motivated by issues other than the facts.

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