The normally quiet and hardworking Aaron Fujioka made a big difference as the state chief procurement officer in the four years he was employed with the state, even being touted by Gov. Linda Lingle in her 2003 State of the State speech as a government employee making a big difference in Hawaii by restoring integrity to local government. Fujioka was recognized by the governor and others for figuring out a way to make the secretive and bureaucratic state procurement system more transparent.

Lingle, in her speech, said: “I am proposing an omnibus procurement bill that will bring much needed transparency into government contracting.

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