Finding the Fat in State Contracts

Number 18692
Subject Local Government
Source Register (Mobile, Ala.)
State Alabama
Year 2001
Publication Date Feb. 4, 11, March 11, April 28, 29, May 1, 2, 3, 12, 27, 31, June 17, Nov. 11, 29, Dec. 2, 21
Summary The Mobile Register looks into "whether no-bid contracts entered into by the state of Alabama were in the public interest, focusing on state incentive packages to automakers and details of plans to build two warehouses for state agencies. (Eddie) Curran found instances of what appeared to be fraudulent billing, apparent conflicts of interest, payments of rates well above industry standards, questionable qualifications of professionals hired and consistent links between contractors and administration officials."
Category Contest Finalist
Pages 67
Keywords no-bid contracts;Alabama;state politics;local government;conflicts of interest;fraud;billing;industry standards;contractors
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