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Stick leaves office, Janek suspends other HHSC staff – Houston Chronicle

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AUSTIN -- Jack Stick has left the building. The high-ranking Texas Health and Human Services Commission official, who submitted his resignation last Friday amid evidence of contracting favoritism, had planned to stay on the job until early next year, but instead served his last day as a state employee Thursday, according to the commission. Stick had an annual salary of $201,450, meaning he was earning $100 for every hour he worked after the announcement of the resignation. ... In a separate announcement at almost exactly the same time, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek announced that three staffers would be put on paid leave amid a joint investigation by the State Auditor's Office and the Travis County District Attorney's Office. The developments added to a scandal that has … Read More...

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Inspector General resigns amid questions over no-bid contracts | Statesman Investigates

Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Doug Wilson resigned Friday, scarcely more than an hour after the state auditor announced it would launch an investigation into no-bid contracts brokered under his watch in conjunction with an anti-public corruption at the Travis County District Attorney’s office. Gov. Rick Perry requested the resignation, his spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. … [Read More...]

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Travis DA to open criminal probe of $110M contract award – Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN – The Travis County District Attorney's office and the Texas State Auditor will investigate how a company here won $110 million in state contracts without any competition, officials announced Thursday as the deals drew increasing condemnation and calls for reform. Gregg Cox, director of the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit, said he expects to open a criminal inquiry following … [Read More...]

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Perry, senator call for investigations of contracts with tech firm | www.statesman.com

A spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday said the House will propose “a budget in January that requires much more stringent reporting on contracts by state agencies and institutions.” Jason Embry sent the statement in response to inquiries about how the lawmakers might respond to the revelation that state health officials awarded no-bid contracts to 21CT, an Austin data analytics … [Read More...]

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Media Fire Burning Hotter for Stick and HHSC on…

Within the last 24 hours, major media in Texas have … Read More...

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HHSC Chief Counsel and Former OIG Enforcement Head…

It is now official - Jack Stick, HHSC Chief Counsel and … Read More...

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Sunset Commission Finalizes Recommendations to…

In today's public hearings, members of the Texas Sunset … Read More...

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Inspector General Taken to Task During Sunset…

On November 12th, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission held … Read More...

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Jack Stick Conflict of Interest Allegation Stirs…

The Statesman reports today that HHSC's chief counsel Jack … Read More...

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Columnist Blasts HHSC-OIG Treatment of Medicaid…

Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson blasted … Read More...

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Court Sides with Medicaid Dentists and Negates…

Today, the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals overturned a lower … Read More...

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TDMR Requests External Review of All OIG Cases…

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Last Thursday, November 13th, the Texas Sunset Advisory … Read More...

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$90 Million Software Identifies $41 Million in…

The Austin American Statesman reported this weekend that the … Read More...

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