Not content with her previous no-bid contract awards to family friends and Republican stalwarts, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos is upping the ante.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services late Friday announced a $3 million sole source contract for a Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm to fix the problems in the state’s troubled $13 billion Medicaid program.
Why stop at $3 million when you can spend more without going through that pesky bidding process?
Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos also announced a half-million-dollar sole-source contract with the consulting firm Navigant to improve the department’s ability to detect fraud and aberrant billing.
That sole-source stuff is working out great for Queen Aldona:
Wos has been criticized for previous sole-source, or no-bid, contracts: a $312,000 annual contract for former State Auditor Les Merritt, and another worth $310,000 a year for Joe Hauck, a vice president at the company owned by Wos’ husband.
And not to worry, it was all done in the usual DHHS way of open government and complete transparency:
The News & Observer requested public records relating to Alvarez & Marsal eight weeks ago. After repeated requests, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office released two documents Thursday evening; the Department of Health and Human Services released some of its records Friday evening, after issuing a news release about the Alvarez & Marsal contract.