In an effort to put a travel expenses scandal behind it, the Port of Oakland has taken steps to be more transparent.
The scandal led to the departures of Executive Director Omar Benjamin, and James Kwon, maritime director, in November and December, respectively.
The port proclaimed its latest actions demonstrate “a new era of transparency and accountability.”
Specifically, the port is:
- Releasing the Port Purchasing Card Audit from July 2012.
- Releasing the investigative report conducted by independent outside counsel.
- Revising its policy on redacting expenses.
The port also received repayment of the public funds spent on the two identified improper expenditures in 2008.
“It’s a new day at the port, and we are pleased to be releasing comprehensive information on the problems we’ve faced and how we’re addressing them,” said Board President Gilda Gonzales. “While the vast majority of what was uncovered was an organization of people doing their jobs ethically and responsibly, we also found outdated policies, a few irresponsible actions, and a few isolated cases of improper expenditures.” — Chris Gillis