Panel blasts staffing deal

Source: By Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal (RI), Tuesday, February 5, 2008

After a months-long inquiry last winter, the Senate Government Operations Committee yesterday issued a report slamming the Carcieri administration for giving a state staffing contract worth up to $11 million annually to a fledgling company under terms — offered no other potential bidders — that amounted to an “interest-free loan” from the state.

….. Among the key findings: The executive branch “inhibited” the Senate inquiry, “violated the spirit of the Access to Public Records Act” by withholding requested documents; and undermined the basic tenets of competitive bidding by offering to front the money to make each biweekly payroll to the newly incorporated Smart Staffing Services Inc., without giving the same opportunity to any other company.