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

Travis County DA opens investigation

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 two formal complaints into the now-canceled Medicaid fraud detection contracts given to Austin technology firm 21CT by Jack Stick, who last week resigned as general counsel at the state Health and Human Services Commission amid allegations of favoritism. Complaint letter by Senator Whitmire - 12182014 letter-21CT-Travis-County-DA via Travis DA to open criminal probe of $110M contract award - … 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 Contract Dispute

Within the last 24 hours, major media in Texas have published stories on their continuing investigations into former OIG deputy inspector general for enforcement Jack Stick and his allegedly favored treatment of an Austin software company for Medicaid fraud detection software. Links to the stories: Houston Chronicle - "State stretched no-bid program to help local company" Austin American … [Read More...]

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HHSC Chief Counsel and Former OIG Enforcement Head Jack Stick Resigns

It is now official - Jack Stick, HHSC Chief Counsel and former OIG deputy inspector general for enforcement, has resigned from HHSC over published allegations of interference in the HHSC contracting process on two contracts - one for data mining software for Medicaid fraud for OIG and a second for an HHSC data warehouse. The Tribune, Chronicle and Statesman posted stories on the resignation … [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…

In a letter to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, TDMR … Read More...

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OIG “All Messed Up” – Videos…

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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“We Have Lost Confidence in Your…

The Texas Sunset Commission held public hearing both … Read More...

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Accountant Tells Tale of New Hampshire Dentist…

TDMR is republishing this very descriptive and apt blog … Read More...

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