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In this report, we specifically discuss the Hawai‘i State Department of Education’s (DOE) policies and procedures regarding department employees and students who are confirmed positive for COVID-19. We asked DOE for its current policies and procedures and to meet with department personnel who are responsible for developing and implementing those policies and procedures. However, DOE initially ignored and then declined multiple requests for information and meetings. Despite DOE’s lack of cooperation, we were able to find certain information on DOE’s website about the handling of positive COVID-19 cases on school campuses.

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We intended to report on the Department of Health’s COVID-19 contact tracing process; however, the department did not respond to our requests for information. As a result, our report relied on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interim guidance on COVID-19 contact tracing plans. We also include observations of the department’s contact tracing efforts where appropriate and to the extent that we were able to obtain the information.

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In this supplement to Report No. 20-06, we provide additional information about the special and revolving fund accounts, specifically whether the moneys in the accounts can be transferred to the State’s General Fund or otherwise repurposed.

We review special, revolving, and trust funds every five years, providing important information on state moneys held outside of the State’s General Fund. This report contains two sections. The first identifies special and revolving fund accounts that have been inactive for the past fiscal years. The second lists special and revolving fund accounts whose balances appear to be significantly more than necessary to support the associated programs.

We review special, revolving, and trust funds every five years, providing important information on state moneys held outside of the State’s General Fund. This report contains two sections. The first identifies special and revolving fund accounts that have been inactive for the past fiscal years. The second lists special and revolving fund accounts whose balances appear to be significantly more than necessary to support the associated programs.

In 2011, the Legislature passed Act 105, which temporarily suspended a number of General Excise Tax exemptions for FY2012-FY2013. We present the following data on the provisions suspended pursuant to Act 105 for informational purposes should a measure comparable to Act 105 be considered as a response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report should not be construed as a recommendation by us on tax policy.

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