The committee investigating Oracle’s $95 billion software deal with state of California is not happy that Governor Gray Davis’s office has handed over all the information it has about the circumstances of the controversial contract.
Earlier this week Davis’s office handed over 46 pages of documents relating to the deal after being requested to do so by the committee of inquiry. But its chairman now says that he is not satisfied that all the relevant information has been produced.
“His response did not meet the threshold test of providing the committee with what it needed,” said Assembleyman Dean Florez. "They gave us 46 pages. Of the 46, 43 was stuff we already had."
The governor has denied any knowledge of the agreement before it was signed, and his office says there are no documents contradicting that statement. A spokesman said: “"A lot of the information requested we don't have. The attorney general's office seized computers and so we don't have e-mails and calendars from ... people whose computers were seized. In some instances [the committee] did not specifically ask for something so we didn't give it to them."
Florez has now written to Davis again, warning him that: "My initial review...indicates that the May 24, 2002 response from the governor's office does not appear to fully comply with the document request.”
Specifically he noted that the governor's initial response didn't include calendar entries or notes for meetings involving the governor's aides that the committee has had testimony about. Nor did it include any phone logs of telephone conversations about the agreement.
He raised the question of whether such information was being held back. "The response leaves unanswered whether the governor's office maintains no such records or whether these records were not provided," his letter said.