A top deputy at Texas’ massive state health agency received the job without any competition and then was granted nearly $100,000 to pay for his graduate school tuition, according to state records.
Casey Haney, a former aide to Gov. Rick Perry who also previously worked for state Health Commissioner Kyle Janek, was hired in 2012 as Janek’s deputy chief of staff at $159,000 a year, without a formal application process. Janek later approved a $97,000 payment to Haney to pursue a master’s degree in business.
Both moves appear to violate agency policy that calls for jobs open to external candidates to be posted online and for tuition payments to be reimbursed after graduation.