The Truth Finally Comes Out…

The Statesman published a landmark article this morning by reporter Eric Dexheimer regarding the great Texas orthodontic debacle. Story finally pieced together Thanks to the state’s fraud suit against Xerox, its former Medicaid claims administrator summarily terminated back in early … Read More

Problem-plagued HHSC data project delayed again

AUSTIN — Texas state health officials once again are delaying a massive data project that has struggled to get off of the ground for more than a decade. The state Health and Human Services Commission informed lawmakers Tuesday it was pausing … Read More

State Auditor John Keel Resigning 

After more than a decade at the job, State Auditor John Keel plans to retire as of Jan. 4, his office confirmed Monday. “When I accepted my current job on Dec. 1, 2004, I expected to be here approximately 6 … Read More

Jack Stick: I was ‘the whipping boy’

Jack Stick says he’s “the whipping boy,” the guy who became the face of the 21CT contract scandal as Texas officials pointed fingers and scrambled to save their own jobs. “I think in December of last year, people began to … Read More

21CT drops lawsuit against fired lobbyist James Frinzi

The company at the center of a state contracting scandal, Austin data analytics firm 21CT, has dismissed its $90 million defamation lawsuit against James Frinzi, the firm’s former lobbyist turned newspaper whistle-blower. Source: 21CT drops lawsuit against fired lobbyist James … Read More

Janek must go over contract woes

If there is a silver lining to the no-bid contracting scandal at the state’s health commission, it is the response to prevent future similar debacles. In light of Gov. Greg Abbott’s independent “strike force” review of the Texas Health and … Read More

State Auditor: “Operational Defects” Led to 21CT Deal

Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. 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, … Read More

After scathing report, will Kyle Janek keep his job?

As the Health and Human Services Commission continues to face fierce criticism for contracting problems, one pressing question remains unanswered: Will Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek keep his job? A few legislators have called for his ouster, but most state leaders … Read More

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