The Letter That Brought the Internet Scandal On

From Councilman Yagong:
“…I’ll send you the email that I sent to County workers requesting suggestions to help with our County Budget and processes.
From this request, I received many suggestions from county employees, including allegations that there was Internet abuse by employees during working hours.  I was told that this abuse may be effecting productivity and could be a factor in contributing to over-time cost.  That is why I requested the Web Browsing Report from Data System to determine if the allegations were true or untrue.”
March 20, 2009

Aloha County Employee,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and dedication to public service.  On behalf of the Hawaii County Council, I want to express our deepest appreciation for all that you do in your specific role to help serve the people of our community.

As Chairman of the Hawaii County Council Finance committee, my office is exploring many different avenues to deal with our projected shortfall.  These efforts are being made in concert and agreement with Mayor Kenoi’s stated goal of no employee layoffs to meet our budgetary challenges.  I support Mayor Kenoi in this goal, and we need your help and support to make this happen. Far too many times we do not involve the people that are on the front line that can help us improve our process and operation.

Through this letter, please consider this a sincere invitation for you to get involved in helping our County Administration and Hawaii County Council come up with suggestions and ideas that can positively impact our $31.9 million dollar shortfall.  As you know, this shortfall is a moving target and could possibly loom larger depending on actions at the state legislature as well as county numbers being adjusted at the local level.   Regardless of our fiscal climate, we should always strive for efficient and cost effective government.

As Finance Chair, I welcome you to communicate with my office through several avenues available to you.  Any idea, suggestion, comments, reporting of abuse, or plan that you feel could possibly increase revenues, decrease expenditures, increase productivity, or minimize cost is sincerely welcomed.  Please contact me at any of the following media:

County email:

My personal email:

Mail to my council address: Councilmember Yagong, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo Hawaii 96727.

Mail to my personal address: Dominic Yagong, PO Box 875, Honokaa, Hawaii, 96727.

Phone:  808-961-8538 or my cell (808) 936-3412

I understand that some of you may have concerns about expressing ideas or comments regarding the department that you work for.  I will not be sharing any names associated with suggestions, unless personally directed to do so by an employee.  We are in this together, and we will meet these challenges together.

Thank you so much for allowing me to invite you to participate in working to solve our budgetary challenges.

Warmest Aloha,

Dominic Yagong, Councilmember

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