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A scathing state investigative report of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s much-maligned $20 million contract for fraud tracking software has revealed “operational defects” within the agency’s procurement process.
According to the report, which was released Thursday, the pricy software deal was left in the hands of the agency’s deputy inspector general to direct. He had no prior contracting experience, and the contract was irregular in that the state paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for work and services that were not provided. The report didn’t identify the deputy by name, but the only deputy at the time was Jack Stick.