Troubled state police radio system dodges audit

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 27, 2017 7:52 AM

(Photo: Jason Plotkin York Daily Record)

(Harrisburg) -- The trouble-plagued Pennsylvania State Police radio system will not be the subject of an audit by Pennsylvania's Auditor General. 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his office explored the idea of reviewing the radio system about 2 years ago, but decided against it, citing too many complicating factors.

"Going back to something that was awarded as a contract in 1998, before the state's "Right to Know" law was even put together; to have to interview Governor Schweiker, Governor Ridge, Governor Rendell;  the fact that it was in the Office of Administration at the time and now is at the state police; the fact that we're dealing with a 16-year process and the fact that we're dealing with two vendors and potentially put my thumb on the scale of who should be getting the contract...." said DePasquale. 

DePasquale says future PSP purchases will come under scrutiny.

The state has spent close to one billion dollars over almost 20 years but problems persist with the radios. 

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