Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Meddles With State Auditor

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Marcel Honore

Marcel Honore is a reporter for Civil Beat.
You can email him at mhonore@civilbeat.org

In blunt public testimony during Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, Les Kondo said that HART staff members are being required to record their interviews with auditor personnel, then deliver those recordings to HART management to be transcribed.

“I have strong concerns about that. In my opinion, that is akin to management sitting in the interview itself,” Kondo said during his latest surprise appearance at a HART meeting. “Big Brother is there. Big Brother is listening. And whether intended or not, the implication in my opinion to the employees is that they better tow the company line.”

“This is an audit. It is not litigation. It is not discovery as part of a lawsuit,” he said, adding the recordings are “frankly unprecedented” for his office.

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