Health, Human Services chief said he was misled in ‘dubious’ 21CT deals

Health, Human Services chief said he was misled in ‘dubious’ 21CT deals photo

Dr. Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner.

Now embroiled in a contract scandal and criminal investigation, the top official at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said Tuesday he was misled by the Office of Inspector General when he approved $110 million in questionable deals with an Austin tech company.

Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek said he is responsible for his agency’s brokering of no-bid deals with data analytics company 21CT, whose software was billed as the future of Medicaid fraud detection.

“I never forget that, ultimately, I’m responsible,” Janek told reporters during a two-hour meeting Tuesday, as he sought to answer mounting questions raised by an American-Statesman investigation into the 21CT’s work. FULL STORY