While a mushrooming scandal complete with state and federal investigations prompted two Texas state agencies to cancel contracts with Austin technology outfit 21CT last month, the state of Texas has not completely cut ties with the company.
The Texas secretary of state’s office confirmed Thursday that it is maintaining a contract signed in 2012 with 21CT, also known as 21st Century Technologies Inc., for information technology security services.
“We are confident our procurement process was done correctly,” said spokeswoman Alicia Pierce. “Just like any other vendor, if they’re not serving us well, we will re-evaluate that, but there are no plans to cancel the contract right now.”
The initial contract signed in August 2012 paid 21CT $167,000 for information technology security software and one year of maintenance and support, Pierce said. The agency has twice paid $30,600 for an additional year of maintenance and support, most recently in August, she said.