WJXT4 by Mike Vasilinda
September 2, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A government watchdog is crying foul over the state’s decision to award an estimated $135 million contract to Deloitte, the same firm that built Florida’s flawed unemployment system.
In its report, Florida TaxWatch called the contract award hard to believe.
The Agency for Health Care Administration did not consider how poorly the unemployment portal built by Deloitte worked before awarding the consulting firm a new nine-figure contract.
Bob Nave, vice president of research at Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit government watchdog group, believes the state agency should have taken that information into account.
“The overarching issue is to take a look at our procurement system and just do a complete overhaul,” said Nave, who has 27 years of experience working in state government.