I noticed several interesting items on the agenda for today’s State Ethics Commission meeting, and they ended up providing the substance of my weekly column for Civil Beat (“Hawaii Monitor: Advisory Committee Members Forced To Report Finances“). Check it out.
One side issue of interest. The special audit of the UH athletic department ordered up by the Board of Regents has a section towards the end providing lots of detail on complimentary season tickets given out to corporate sponsors, boosters, and employees of the athletic department as well as Koa Anuenue employees. There are tables giving the number of employees who received free tickets, number of tickets given out for each sport over several years, and lists of many recipients, along with statements of issues and recommendations. Details, details, details, running on for several pages.
Then there is a terse little section on free tickets that went to members of the Board of Regents and UH administrators. Suddenly the details and numbers disappear.
Here’s the entire section. A single paragraph.
According to schedules provided by UHM Athletics, Internal Audit noted complimentary season tickets provided to certain members of the Board of Regents and University executive personnel. According to UHM Athletics personnel, the UHM Athletics Director approves the issuance of complimentary season tickets to the Board of Regents Office and certain University executive personnel. Internal Audit was also informed that federal and state reporting requirements regarding the receipt of complimentary tickets is the responsibility of the recipients.
That’s it. No numbers. No details. No auditor’s recommendations.
I believe this might be a classic case of “turning a blind eye.”
You can find links to the athletic audit and the accompanying exhibits in my Civil Beat column.