Monday, December 8, 2008

Port of Seattle to Announce Disciplinary Measures

Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani is expected to announce on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, disciplinary measures against Port employees involved in instances of fraud.

An independent investigation recently released reported ten instances of fraud by Port employees, most related to the Port's construction contracting management practices. The investigation was ordered by the Port after the Washington State Auditor's Office performance audit in December 2007 disclosed that the Port wasted almost $100 million due to poor contracting practices.

Seattle Times article on December 7, 2008 discusses the difficulties of pinpointing which employees were involved in doctoring a critical memo that is at the heart of one of the fraud allegations.

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