Opinion Letter No. 93-05
June 7, 1993
List of Paramedic Applicants
The State must publicly disclose, as government purchasing
information, a list of paramedic applicants submitted by Mercy Ambulance
Service Hawaii Inc. (Mercy) of Maui. Mercy, now in the third step
of the 3-step bidding process, was the lowest bidder in an Invitation
for Bid to provide ambulance
services for the County of Maui. Mercy’s failure to submit
the list to the State would result in the
automatic rejection of its bid.
The OIP found that while the names of individuals
who had applied for employment with Mercy may have a significant
privacy interest in this fact, the public interest in disclosure
of the list outweighs the privacy interest of the affected individuals.
The OIP reasoned that the public has a strong interest in assuring
that the winning bidder possess qualified professional personnel.
The OIP also found that disclosure of the list would not increase
the cost of government procurements nor disqualify the low bidder.