The audit, linked here and below, questions the federal Integrated Wireless Network’s oversight of money and says nationwide expansion has been suspended and has a doubtful future.
Its implications are unclear for Washington, one of the few places where the system is up and running, but the Washington State Patrol is planning on connecting to the network as part of a $41 million upgrade of its radios. Here’s my story about the audit, which is in today’s Olympian (and likely tomorrow’s TNT after being bumped for breaking news.)
And here’s my other story about the State Patrol upgrade. A couple of agencies, State Parks and Fish and Wildlife, have questions about how much it will cost them to be able to keep talking to the patrol.