New contract for state emergency radio system to get audited

May 3, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s independently elected fiscal watchdog will review the latest contract to provide a statewide emergency radio transmission system that follows hundreds of millions of dollars in costs and years of criticism.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday his agency would review the state’s $45 million contract awarded in 2016 to ensure it carries adequate financial protections against performance failures.

The state first allocated $179 million in 1996 to build a network that Pennsylvania State Police officials say never overcame coverage and reliability shortcomings. They say it was worthless during 2014′s Eric Frein manhunt.

The state has now committed more than $800 million to build a network and DePasquale says he can’t recall another state contract failure of this size.

State police in 17 counties were expected to be using the new system by June 30.


This story has been corrected to show that DePasquale spoke on Thursday, not Wednesday.

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