Saturday, August 7, 2010

State Says Procurement Code Allegation Baseless

We won’t use up much space in noting that former Governor Ben Cayetano’s allegations of Procurement Code violations in awarding rail contracts have been dismissed by the State Attorney General’s office.

The charges were splashed prominently in the late Honolulu Advertiser, which passed away in early June (and so have its archived stories, it seems). The City attacked the allegations as politically motivated.

The City issued a release yesterday noting that State Procurement Office Administrator Aaron Fujioka said in an August 4 memo that a review of the allegations “did not find any violations of (the state contracting code) ... in the awards.”

We’ve been looking, but we haven’t found anything in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning about the dismissal of the former governor’s charges. And so it goes.

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