State contract review panel hasn't met in 2009
HARTFORD (AP) -- A watchdog group that was created to review Connecticut state government contracts in the aftermath of scandals in former Gov. John Rowland's administration has not met this year because of the state's budget problems.
The State Contracting Standards Board is supposed to review, monitor and audit state agency purchasing.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell created the board in 2005 and it met until December 2008. A state law that took effect last January established a more powerful board that hasn't met yet.
The Hartford Business Journal and WTIC-AM report that the startup of the new board was delayed because of the state's budget deficit, and Rell has yet to appoint an executive director and a chairman.
Rell's office says those appointments could be made in the next few weeks.