Sunday, July 21, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:33 PM :: 6485 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

Grassroot Calls for Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel

Watchdog group says public deserves full accounting of use of state funds

News Release from Grassroot Institute

HONOLULU, HAWAII--March 24, 2015--Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii spoke out in favor of a comprehensive audit that would take closer look at any use of state funds for the hiring of outside counsel. The remarks came in response to a legislative hearing on HCR 207 and HR 143, a pair of resolutions that request the auditor to examine the practice of hiring outside law firms on the part of state departments or agencies.

"This is a question of fundamental accountability and efficiency," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute. "The fact that taxpayer funds are consistently used in an effort to bypass the state attorney general's office--when a large part of their function is advising state agencies--raises serious concerns about the motives and management involved. If the claim is that the AG's office is not able to fulfill their duties, then that is something we deserve to know. However, if the truth is that state actors are choosing to hide from or avoid the oversight of the state's legal experts by seeking outside counsel, then we could be looking at ethically dubious behavior and a major misuse of state funds."

Dr. Akina continued: "From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability from the ground up. It should begin with an audit that explores the use of outside counsel, whether engaged for litigation, advice, or lobbying. And it should end with a comprehensive examination of spending practices, budget, and future plans. As guardians of the public trust in government, the legislature must look more closely into the operations and expenditures of any organization that uses public funds."


Text, Status: HCR 207 and HR 143


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii