Audit finds problems with DHHS no-bid contracts

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A state audit has found examples of no-bid contracts for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that lacked the proper review, documentation or negotiations.

The report released Monday by Auditor Beth Wood looked closely at 59 contracts and found issues with many of them.

The office examined a sample of high-dollar contracts among approximately 2,500 non-competitively bid contracts from the 2012 fiscal year until 2014. The deals examined included a $3 million contract for managing data at nursing facilities to $40,000 for CPR certification and training.

Wood’s office says the state is generally required to use a competitive bidding process, but that competition can be waived in some instances.  DHHS responded to the audit in a letter saying that it’s working on improving its overall contracting process.


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