State stretched no-bid program to help local company – Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN – The powerful Texas Health and Human Services Commission official who resigned last week stretched the boundaries of a little-known state purchasing program to ensure a local company would not face competition for a $110 million contract, according to interviews and a review of recent government purchases.

The official, Jack Stick, used the program to award a massive Medicaid fraud detection contract to Austin technology firm 21CT, even though records show its no-bid process typically is used for small purchases, such as school printer cartridges.

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