RALEIGH, N.C. - State lawmakers are calling for an audit of the Department of Health and Human Services. The audit would focus on how the department awards contracts on projects with only one bidder.
Even when only one person or company wants the job, state code still requires a review of companies before signing large contracts. But a legislative study looked at 143 single-bid contracts and found only 10 were reviewed the way they were supposed to be.
The legislative study can't say why DHHS went against protocol. But lawmakers warn that lapse could mean flaws -- and those flaws could be costing you-- the taxpayer-- more money.
2 Wants To Know reached out to a DHHS spokesperson multiple times for comment, but we haven't heard anything yet. We'll let you know as soon as she gets back to me.
UPDATE: 6/10 7:52 p.m. - After our story aired, DHHS Spokesman Kevin Howell sent over this statement:
"DHHS has not received the Program Evaluation Division report, so it is difficult for us to comment specifically. However, by establishing the Office of Contracts, Grants and Compliance in April 2013, Secretary Wos has already taken steps to provide a consistent, centralized review process and strengthen internal oversight for all DHHS contracts."