State orders Ethics Probe of Pa. Turnpike Commission Contractors

Tom Warne Report, 16 April 2013

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – April 4, 2013

Pennsylvania will scrutinize 16 companies’ business ethics after a scathing report identified them as part of the alleged corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Gov. Tom Corbett has announced.

“Given the disturbing allegations raised by the turnpike investigation, we will carefully review these vendors to be certain that they meet the highest standards for ethical business operations,” Corbett said in statement. “It is imperative that vendors who perform services for the commonwealth clearly establish the integrity of their personnel and their procedures in order to demonstrate that any business relationships are in the best interest of the taxpayers of Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.

Corbett’s office’s lawyers have been ordered to conduct an “integrity review” of the firms, specifically of their business and marketing practices. The turnpike announced last month it would be reviewing the contracts. Corbett’s Office of General Counsel has not said whether the companies involved in the review could be barred from working with state agencies.Eight former turnpike officials and vendors have been charged in the scandal.

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