By Allie Morris, Austin Bureau
Published 9:58 am CDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
AUSTIN — State auditors found sweeping contracting problems at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, a mega-agency responsible for overseeing billions of dollars worth of health care for the state’s most vulnerable residents.
An audit of 28 contract awards worth roughly $4.6 billion found errors at every level, from scoring the vendor’s proposals to keeping track of all documentation.
The Commission generally agreed with the report recommendations, but said it has already made changes to its processes and put in place new controls, according to a response in the audit released by the Texas State Auditor’s Office.
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The Commission has been under fire for a string of recent contracting issues, which forced the agency in April to cancel five contracts to administer the Children’s Health Insurance Program in rural areas and 10 South Texas counties.
Gov. Greg Abbott sent a top aide to the agency to reform operations in April, after calling some of the mistakes “unacceptable.” One month later in May, Commissioner Charles Smith, an Abbott appointee, retired. The agency is still without a permanent leader.
The audit, released Wednesday, confirms the concerns of lawmakers and state officials.
In at least five of the procurements — worth a combined $3.4 billion — auditors found major scoring errors and missing documentation, making it impossible to determine whether the winners’ scores were accurate. For the remaining procurements, the errors didn’t have a significant impact on the award outcome, the audit found.
The Commission didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
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