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Auditor questions no-bid contracts at Covered California
San Diego Union-Tribune

California’s state auditor on Tuesday questioned the use of no-bid contracts at the Covered California health insurance exchange, which spent nearly $200 million during a three-year period without seeking competitive bids on 64 contracts.

The total represented about one-fifth of the nearly $1 billion in contracts issued during the period.

While the agency has significantly reduced its reliance on no-bid contracts, State Auditor Elaine Howle found it waited until January to comply with a bill passed last summer requiring tighter contracting rules at the agency.

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