PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority has yet to return a request for comment on a report that former CIO Carolyn Lawson was investigated for mishandling state contracts when she worked for the state of California.
The Oregonian on Friday first carried a story detailing an investigation into Lawson’s attempt – while CIO of the California Utility Commission in 2008 - to funnel five contracts worth almost $500,000 to a company run by her former boss, Steven Powell.
The California investigation – since obtained by KATU - found Lawson inappropriately tried to award the contracts without acquiring competing bids, as state law requires.
Powell replaced Lawson as CIO for OHA/DHS when she resigned in December, shortly after the KATU Investigators uncovered her many professional appearances on behalf of Oracle – the company hired to help create the Cover Oregon website.
Additionally, documents uncovered by KATU suggest her development team may have misrepresented progress to federal reviewers in order to secure continued funding.
In seeking comment on the California investigation, KATU on Monday asked the Oregon Health Authority whether the state’s background check on Lawson revealed the contract issue, whether Powell’s involvement was likewise known before he was hired, and whether Powell’s employment status as interim CIO could change in light of this information.
Full coverage of the troubled Cover Oregon website:
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- State rep., U.S. Senate candidate calls for the end of Cover Oregon
- Cover Oregon head: State might scrap all or part of failing website
- State lawmakers to grill Cover Oregon chief
- Family struggles to sign up for insurance through Cover Oregon
- First legal complaint filed over health enrollment mistakes
- Democratic state lawmaker believes Cover Oregon can be saved
- Contractor plans to examine why Cover Oregon failed
- 'We look like fools:' A history of Cover Oregon's failure
- State rep: Ditch Cover Oregon in favor of federal exchange
- Video: Exclusive Interview: Gov. John Kitzhaber - Cover Oregon 1/9/2014
- Gov. denies prior knowledge of Cover Oregon failure, exits exclusive KATU interview
- Kitzhaber outlines Cover Oregon's next steps: 'I can't give you a date'
- Kitzhaber: Firm will review Cover Oregon failures
- Cover Oregon applications left in limbo?
- Man with cancer waiting on Cover Oregon, gets insured
- Man with cancer still waiting on Cover Oregon
- New calls for Cover Oregon to take responsibility for project failures
- Rocky King, director of troubled Cover Oregon, resigns
- Salem man says Cover Oregon error left him in health care limbo
- Some question if they'll be covered by Cover Oregon in the new year
- What doomed Cover Oregon? 'Mismanagement,' say former employees
- After resigning, Lawson not talking about Cover Oregon website failures
- Ore. health official in charge of building Cover Oregon website resigns
- Fewer enrollments challenge Oregon exchange budget
- Executive director of Cover Oregon taking medical leave
- Cover Oregon considers new solutions
- Kitzhaber calls for independent review of Cover Oregon
- New emails show Cover Oregon unraveling in days before launch
- Emails: Cover Oregon executive knew about website problems in May
- Cover Oregon complicated by state's grand vision