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What? Favoritism in Idaho? C’mon

The selection of a politically active Boise company to oversee the biggest highway construction program in state history has been put on hold after questions were raised over how it won the contract. The Idaho Transportation Board voted 4-1 last month to give the contract to Washington Group International of Boise and CH2M Hill of Denver, though its evaluation committee had unanimously picked the competing bidder, New York-based Parsons Brinckerhoff and HDR Engineering. Officials at Parsons Brinckerhoff charged, in a letter to the department, that board members improperly favored a local, politically connected company – something federal regulations forbid. Federal highway officials are questioning whether proper procedures were followed as well.

For the rest of the story by Betsy Russell/Spokesman-Review, click here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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