Moreland Commission questions LIPA's business relationships

Posted at: 06/23/2013 8:07 AM
By: Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A commission established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to oversee the response of New York utilities to Superstorm Sandy has found questionable business relationships between the Long Island Power Authority and a consultant.
The Moreland Commission's final report Saturday recommends federal prosecutors examine business relationships between Chicago-based Navigant Consulting Inc. and LIPA.
The report found that of the $43.4 million LIPA contracted to consultants for general consulting and engineering services between 2008 and 2011, $28 million went to Navigant. The commission found Navigant employees were able to bill at high rates and incurred significant travel expenses.
The report also identified possible revolving door conflicts, including a former LIPA acting chief executive who now serves as energy consultant director for Navigant.
A Navigant spokeswoman did not return a request for comment Saturday.

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