Contract High

Contract High is an occasional series looking at how Texas outsourced crucial state services for two decades — and got smoked.

 Texas Department of State Health Services

Failed Hospital Deal Reveals Ties to Janek

Three years ago, a company called Geo Care Inc. gave HHSC chief Kyle Janek a blueprint for privatizing state hospitals. The only contract awarded — privatizing Terrell State Hospital — ended up going to that same company.

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 Marjorie Kamys Cotera

FBI at Health Commission Asking About 21CT Deal

FBI agents have interviewed Texas Health and Human Services Commission employees about the agency's problematic contract with Austin firm 21CT, Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said Thursday, the first time any official with direct knowledge of the FBI's involvement has confirmed it.

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 Bob Daemmrich/Erich Schlegel

The HHSC-21CT Contract Investigations: How Did It Get to This Point?

A now-canceled deal between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and a software maker is the subject of scrutiny and is also causing greater talk of state contract reforms. Here's a look back at the deal and what led to the current investigations.

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