However, the attorney general's office resumed processing contracts last week. Considering that it's not unusual for the Purchasing Division to award 20 or more contracts a week, it's not surprising that after the near month-long gap, that two mail bins full of signed contracts arrived from the A.G.'s office on Friday alone.
Meanwhile, here's one our new A.G. may wish to take on: General Services Division employees were called into a big meeting Thursday and told to quit tampering with GPS devices being installed on cars and trucks in the state vehicle fleet.
(I vaguely remember writing something this time last year about the Fleet Management Division going to bid for contracts to install the devices, which allow the office to monitor not only mileage and location for the state's fleet of 6,500 cars and trucks, but also travel speeds, usage of vehicles at odd hours, and even whether seatbelts are in use.)
Apparently, there's been some blowback from certain state employees not too keen on management being able to track whether they've used state vehicles for personal travel, unauthorized travel, or have been exceeding the speed limit.
I'm advised there have been enough instances of tampering with the GPS devices to prompt the meeting.
In most cases, that has involved cutting wires, or installing bolts or metal devices to interfere with the GPS signal, but in the case that allegedly precipitated the meeting, a GPS device was entirely removed from a vehicle and presumed stolen.
Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said Friday all she was authorized to say is that the situation is under investigation.
Finally, Marshall this year is "celebrating" its 175th anniversary. With no Rhodes Scholars, no BCS bowl wins (no BCS bowls ... ), and no Final Four appearances, the one thing Marshall grads could flaunt over their big brothers and sisters from the state's flagship institution is that their school is older.
Except that it's not, according to official state documents.
The Legislature passed an act creating the Marshall College State Normal School on Feb. 27, 1867 -- a full 20 days after the Legislature passed the law that established West Virginia University.
(As Casey Stengel would say, you could look it up: It's all in the 1867 edition of Acts of the Legislature.)
Using Marshall logic, WVU could claim to be 199 years old, since one of its predecessors, the Monongalia Academy, was established on the site of Woodburn Circle in 1814. ...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.