PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee spoke out for the first time Saturday since the Target 12 Investigators learned at least two people connected to state government were interviewed by the FBI and state police as part of an investigation into a lucrative state education contract that was controversially awarded to a brand new consulting firm.
As we reported Thursday, the FBI is now investigating how the deal came together after joining a probe launched last year by Attorney General Peter Neronha.
The McKee administration awarded the contract, worth up to $5.2 million, to the ILO Group in an unusual bidding process.
The firm ultimately received nearly $2 million before ending its work with the state.
“Well I really don’t have a comment because I don’t know much about it,” McKee told 12 News. “Clearly we’ll continue to provide and collaborate with anyone that’s looking at anything that’s related to anything that we’ve done at the office.”
“Other than that, I really don’t have anything to add to it,” he continued. “I don’t know much about it.”
McKee added that he was made aware about the FBI’s investigation on Thursday.
A lawyer for the ILO Group declined to comment.