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Gov. Bryant creates task force to oversee MDOC contracts review

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Governor Phil Bryant has issued an executive order, creating a task force to oversee the review of Mississippi Department of Corrections vendor contracts and the re-bidding process.

The governor announced Thursday all vendor contracts associated with companies listed in the indictment of former MDOC Commissioner Christopher B. Epps would be re-bid. Additionally, all other MDOC contracts will be reviewed to ensure they were both legally procured and in the best interest of the taxpayers.

β€œIn light of the allegations of corruption against former MDOC Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, I want to ensure all current vendor contracts with MDOC meet the criteria set forth by Mississippi procurement law and are in the best interest of the Mississippi taxpayers,” Gov. Bryant said. β€œI know this task force will be able to provide oversight to the review process of current contracts along with those set to go out for re-bid. I am currently working with the State Auditor to strengthen the controls over contracts throughout the state.”

The task force will oversee MDOC's review of current contracts and review the new contracts.

The co-chairs of the task force will be Andy Taggart, an attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Kirk Fordice, and Judge Robert Gibbs, an attorney and former Circuit Judge for the Seventh Judicial District of Mississippi. Three other members will be determined at a later date will make up the task force.



Executive Order #1346 is here.

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