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State Auditor Releases Second Report on HART

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The Office of the State Auditor released its second report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. This report highlights oversight and accountability issues within the agency, and HART's relationship with HDR Engineering, Inc.

Employees of HDR Engineering, HART's third-party management support consultant, hold critical positions overseeing the final design and construction of the rail system, costing HART $9.6 million annually.

The State Auditor's Office found the Project Director is an HDR employee who oversees other HDR employees, including the Director of Project Controls and Risk Manager. The office also found that HDR employees currently hold several high ranking positions within HART.

According to the CEO, HDR conducts internal employee evaluations, but does not share the results with HART. So information about employee and section performance does not percolate to his office. 

"When it comes to design and construction, we found third-party consultants often manage consultants who manage other consultants, with little, if any, oversight by HART staff or management," said State Auditor Les Kondo. "In other words, the buck stops at HDR."

You can find a summary of the auditor's second report below. And you can find the full report here.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at charlow@hawaiipublicradio.org or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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