The Houston Chronicle (story behind a paywall) reported this morning that Leah Rayne, HHSC’s business technology architect, was fired because she “admitted to officials that she leaked details about an internal strategy meeting to Truven Health Analytics…[the] company that was in final negotiations for an enterprise data warehouse contract.”
It appears HHSC might be learning its lesson with contractors, although that is not clear.
Andrew Wheat, research director at Texans for Public Justice, was quoted as saying, “We have long had concerns about the transparency of state contracting and politicians steering contracts to cronies. In this case, it’s hard to say without more information whether this leaker is a hero or a scoundrel.”
Thomas Suehs, former executive commissioner for HHSC, is advising Truven as a paid consultant.