AUSTIN — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission needs “significant changes” in its leadership or management structure, according to a committee appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott.
The panel’s much-anticipated report, released Monday, is the latest blow for a troubled agency and its executive commissioner, Kyle Janek. The health commission has come under fire of late for, among other things, questionable decisions made in the issuance of multimillion-dollar contracts.
The scathing report described an enterprise in “quiet turmoil,” one that “lacks a clear vision for its future and a strategic direction,” and one where “too often … decisions are reactive.” In pursuing one contract, the commission “skirted the limits of permissibility under state law,” the report said.