Public Agency Paid Consultant $185 an Hour to Read News Stories

“The public agency that manages Orange County’s network of toll roads is ending its multimillion-dollar public outreach campaign with consultants who charged up to $185 an hour to read new stories and has launched an external audit of the consulting bills,” the Los Angeles Times reported April 11. “Records reviewed by the Times showed a consultant was paid for 28 hours of work in a single day and others bill approximately 1,300 hours to read news from transportation stories. The agency paid yet another consultant more than $3,000 a month to compile news stories at a rate of $90 an hour.”

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