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Editorials: Utah government errors and omissions ...

Published April 25, 2012 10:14 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

- Doofus chronicles: Herbert & Co. can't get past scandal - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The Herbert administration continues to be drawn like a moth to the flame of the Utah County I-15 bid scandal, getting singed every time. It's as though, having once set it alight, the governor and his people are helpless to keep themselves from flying into it again and again. It would be farcical were it not for the $13 million it cost the state, the reputations it has needlessly tarnished and the poor judgment it has repeatedly placed on display.The latest chapter centers on Denice Graham. The Utah Department of Transportation fired her in April 2011. It said she had leaked confidential information about the $1.1 billion contract to rebuild I-15 through Utah County. However, an administrative law judged ordered her reinstated.In the meantime, she has been negotiating with UDOT over $67,000 in back pay. As a condition of receiving that settlement, UDOT Executive Director John Njord requested that she sign a letter asking Democrats to quit using her name and case to beat up politically on the Republican Herbert administration. Njord also wanted her to write in the letter that the judge had made a mistake in reinstating her.Graham refused and went public. ...... Firing Njord also would be political. And appropriate.

- Group asks Utah governor to fire UDOT boss - Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

- UDOT scapegoat Denice Graham still fighting for her rights - Peg McEntee, The Salt Lake Tribune

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- Closing the breach: State should help ID theft victims - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"Who steals my purse steals trash...;But he that filches from me my good nameRobs me of that which not enriches him,And makes me poor indeed."— Othello Act 3, scene 3, 155–161Iago was talking about a person's reputation when he decried "he that filches from me my good name." But when computer hackers took the personal information — names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses — of nearly 800,000 Utahns on April 1, they did it to enrich themselves and could leave their victims poor indeed. ...

... Because a state agency is at fault here and the impact of this breach will be on-going, the state should do more than offer credit monitoring for one year and staff a telephone hot-line. It should help resolve financial losses for all Utahns exposed in the breach who are victims of identity theft in the future.And it should strengthen precautions to make the system safe so all those who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP will feel comfortable revealing their personal data to the state.