“After reviewing the Auditor General’s report earlier this month, I immediately called for a meeting of Legislative Audit Commission to address the apparent failure of the current Administration to comply with the procurement code and provisions of the Ethics Commission,” said Senator Brady, who is an Audit Commission member.
During the March 29 hearing, Audit Commission members asked DHFS officials what had gone wrong during the process of selecting vendors for state-administered HMO and OAP insurance coverage. During the discussion, it became evident that different officials had different interpretations of the Illinois law detailing oversight of the procurement process.
“Unfortunately, what we heard today boiled down to state officials passing the buck. Neither DHFS nor the Executive Ethics Commission seems to be clear on who has the ultimate authority and responsibility for the mistakes made in this very important process, which affects thousands of state employees,” Senator Brady said.
The 44th District Senator said he will continue to work with legislative leaders, the Audit Commission, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Executive Ethics Commission to clarify the statutes and improve the process by which vendors are selected.
“Clearly, things were done wrong. There are a lot of issues that remain to be resolved, some statutory, so this does not happen again. We will continue to monitor this process and find the circumstances that need to be addressed,” Senator Brady said.