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ICYMI: DHHS Sec. Wos didn’t follow policy in awarding contracts (from the N&O)

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

The News & Observer’s Joseph Neff had this story over the weekend about several of the high-dollar personal contracts being awarded to administrators in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The agency failed to produce justification memorandums for several contracts given to top administrators in DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos’ agency despite an agency requirement to do so.

From the story:

In most major departments in state government, officials must explain in writing when they want to hire an individual with a contract for services.

But at the Department of Health and Human Services, where Secretary Aldona Wos has awarded at least seven such deals, those rules are not being followed in most cases.

Wos, an appointee of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, has awarded a number of high-dollar contracts, including one worth $312,000 a year to former State Auditor Les Merritt and another worth $310,000 to a vice president from the company owned by Wos’ husband. But in both of those cases, and in at least four others, the department says it can’t locate any memos written to justify the contracts.

Department policy requires a justification memo for sole-source and personal-services contracts. Under state law, the documents would be public records.

“No justification memorandum was located by agency personnel,” DHHS attorney Kevin Howell wrote in response to a public records request.

Read the entire story here.

4 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    December 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    This is not a real issue. You are losing ground fast.

  2. gregflynn

    December 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This is very essence of corruption – the belief that the rules don’t apply to you.

  3. Dubious

    December 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Not an issue? Even the smallest contracts need to be vetted in state government. There need to be justifications provided that the expertise contracted for is not currently available within state government, that the cost of the contract is at or less than market price, that there are no conflicts of interest, that you do not have a personal relationship with the contractor, etc etc. This is standard procedure which was flagrantly disregarded to pay off Wos’ buddies. SHe now has some 27 PR staff creating a machine that is working day and night to try to fluff up her image and cover up her disregard for the normal operating rules of government.

  4. ML

    December 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Frances, these are your tax dollars being spent without any oversight or transparency. Where is the same outrage you felt when you decried and continue to decry past cronyism by dems to support the extreme use of non-transparency and cronynism by your teabag comrades?

    This story is at the heart of whether we can finally find some credibility in government especially in this state. At the federal level, the Obamacare rollout was a failure, the president and others apologized and got back to work. A month later, they have allowed people to keep their shitty plans (essentially the same thing as wanting to keep your Ford Pinto after regulations have been put in place so that Ford cannot sell an exploding car but go ahead and keep your pinto of an insurance plan) and greatly improved the website.

    This is what happens when we don’t elect sociopaths and ideologues, which primarily exist on the religious right, instead we get people who recognize their own mistakes and seek to pragmatically fix the problem in front of them. If you believe everything you do is right and you are doing nothing wrong then all you get is the same old and tired ways.