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State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Les Kondo says HART’s insistence on recording auditor interviews with staff members “is akin to management sitting in.”

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: State Energy Office ‘Is Not Doing Its Job’

A scathing report cites the office's failure to document what it's doing to help Hawaii's transition to renewable energy resources.
Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks

When it comes to communication and record keeping, the Health Department seems to start from scratch with each disease outbreak.
Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers May Replace State Auditor With Ethics Director

UPDATED: The Hawaii Legislature is expected to vote this month on replacing acting auditor Jan Yamane with Ethics Commission executive director Les Kondo.
Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Numerous high-level officials showed up at the Ethics Commission meeting Wednesday in support of Les Kondo.
Why Is House Speaker Joe Souki Going After Ethics Director Les Kondo? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Why Is House Speaker Joe Souki Going After Ethics Director Les Kondo?

UPDATED The Hawaii House leader wants the Ethics Commission to distance itself from any policies or reforms the director has ushered in.
Hawaii Ethics Commission Won’t Budge on Releasing Financial Disclosures Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Ethics Commission Won’t Budge on Releasing Financial Disclosures

UPDATED. Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest files legal challenge in court.
Hawaii Lawmakers Told to Fill in the Pukas Civil Beat file photo

Hawaii Lawmakers Told to Fill in the Pukas

Ethics Commission tells legislators to complete their financial disclosures.
Who is the Wealthiest Hawaii Lawmaker?

Who is the Wealthiest Hawaii Lawmaker?

UPDATED Two lawmakers would appear to be the state's wealthiest. But are they really?
What Do Hawaii Lawmakers Have Against Ethics Code?

What Do Hawaii Lawmakers Have Against Ethics Code?

Two bills in the Hawaii Legislature facing final vote Tuesday negate state ethics code.
Legislative Shot at Easing Hawaii Gifts Law Flops

Legislative Shot at Easing Hawaii Gifts Law Flops

Controversial bill appears dead, at least for now.
Leaders or Freeloaders?

Leaders or Freeloaders?

Lawmakers' focus on free tickets sends bad message: 'It's all about us.'