State releases findings on Sumitomo protest

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After weeks of hearings regarding the City's multi-billion dollar rail transit project, the State Sunday released its findings on a number of concerns raised by one of the losing bidders.

In the 60 page ruling, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs says Sumitomo Corporation of America, in many of its arguments, failed to provide sufficient evidence that its proposal would benefit more than Ansaldo's.

The ruling also reveals that some of Sumitomo's claims, such as past performance of a company and risk analysis, was not part of the criteria in the request for proposal phase and thus was not a valid argument.

The State's hearings officer concluded that the City's choice to award Ansaldo the contract was not unreasonable based on Sumitomo's allegations.

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