State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, has requested the Auditor General’s assistance in order to hold the administration accountable to the people of Michigan.
Hall, who chairs the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, is seeking information on contracts the administration entered into during a period from Feb. 28 to April 30 as the state faces an ongoing public health emergency.
Reports recently showed the administration awarded a no-bid contract for contact tracing data to a company with strong, documented ties to the Democrat Party. The contract was awarded without following proper protocols, such as approval from the State Emergency Operations Center.
“After public outcry and reports about the nature of this contract, the governor squashed it,” Hall said. “It’s important for state government to be transparent to the people it represents and these are contracts being entered into with taxpayer money. I want to make sure the contracts entered into during this emergency follow the law and department policies that are in place.”
Hall also noted the importance of legislative review given recent limitations on Freedom of Information Act requests and the amount of decisions being made quickly during an emergency situation.
In addition to the number of contracts awarded, Hall will also look for key information on bidding, proper vetting and specific state departments that were looking to work with a particular company, agency or organization.
The bipartisan select committee features members from both the Michigan House and Senate. It was created to examine state actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and provide the pivotal function of legislative oversight.