Senator Bob Deuell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2007
CONTACT: Todd Gallaher
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Senators Ask Inspector General to Investigate Accenture Contract

AUSTIN -- Thirty members of the Texas Senate have signed a letter requesting the Office of Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Commission to investigate the recently terminated contract between the Health and Human Services Commission and Accenture.

The letter, circulated by Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), calls on the Inspector General to conduct an integrity review, and if warranted, a full-scale investigation of both the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) and the HHSC contract for Integrated Eligibility and Enrollment Services (IEES).

The Senators have further called upon the Inspector General to issue a report resulting from this review and investigation, to include findings concerning the public monies spent to date on TIERS and IEES, and to investigate if those monies have been expended in a cost-effective manner.

"The fact that this contract is being phased out does not relieve us from our responsibilities to the citizens and taxpayers of Texas," Deuell said. "There are significant questions concerning the contract, and the members of the Texas Senate want them answered."

Senator Deuell will also be sending a letter asking the State Auditor's office to look into the matter.

ATTACHMENT: Letter to Health and Human Services Inspector General Brian Flood (PDF Format)

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