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Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:45 PM

HHSC Inspector General resigns amid questions over no-bid contract

Another top state health official has resigned as Texas legislators, responding to an American-Statesman investigation, call for state and federal investigations into a multi-million-dollar, no-bid deal the agency awarded to an Austin technology company.

Doug Wilson, inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission, resigned Friday at the request of Gov. Rick Perry, a spokeswoman said. The resignation, effective Dec. 31, came about an hour after the announcement of a criminal investigation into dealings between the Office of Inspector General and 21CT, a data analytics company hired to help with Medicaid fraud investigations.

The State Auditor’s Office on Friday announced it would launch an investigation in conjunction with an anti-public corruption unit at the Travis County District Attorney’s office.

“Ongoing questions regarding the awarding of contracts at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission have caused the governor to lose confidence in Wilson’s ability to carry out the important oversight responsibilities of this office,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said in a statement.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional/stick-no-longer-on-state-payroll/njXJK/

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[font color=green]More corruption in the Perry administration--who would have guessed?[/font]

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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 03:10 PM

1. Who is paying for this?

Since Perry defunded the anti public corruption unit, Travis county was picking up the tab. Did Whitmire ask for funds from somewhere in his request?

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Response to Melissa G (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:30 AM

2. I believe that the Travis County Commissioners Court okayed a reduced budget of about $3 million

out of the $7 million that was budgeted. I do not believe that the Legislature has approved any new funds since they have not been in session since the Perry veto.

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