Hawai'i just finished spending its 2003 grants and has $5 million unspent from 2004, according to paperwork sent to Hawai'i chief procurement officer Aaron Fujioka.
has held up an after-the-fact request from the state Defense Department to approve the Arkansas purchase mechanism, so homeland security purchases are in limbo.
The Defense Department originally said it believed Fujioka
had approved the process back in 2004, but Fujioka
said that was a different system, one that allowed states to buy from the federal government's Defense Logistics Agency.
And even then, Fujioka
warned that the equipment "may be available ... (from) local businesses/vendors" and price quotations from them should be obtained "if time permits."Fujioka
been in meetings with Defense Department and county officials about how to proceed with purchases that meet the requirements of the state procurement law, but nothing's been resolved yet.