Texas agency has a transparency problem | The Star Telegram

here’s a delicious irony in the news that a state contract intended to root out fraud and increase transparency in Texas’ Medicaid program might itself show the need for more transparency and oversight of the contracting process.

But it mostly stinks.

A top official at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly resigned Dec. 9 after concerns were raised — mostly by news media — that he may have steered $110 million in noncompetitive contracts to a company he favored.

According to reporting by the Austin-American Statesman, the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Tribune, chief counsel for HHSC Jack Stick was involved, at least tangentially, in the awarding of a $20 million contract (and its subsequent $90 million extension) to Austin technology firm 21 Century Technologies.

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