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Janek out as Texas health chief; move follows agency scandal

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek is on his way out as head of the largest agency in Texas, months after a report ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott urged changes following a contracting scandal.

Abbott announced Friday that Janek would step down on July 1.

The statement did not address a $110 million contracting scandal at Janek’s mega-agency that is under criminal investigation. It surrounds lucrative no-bid deals awarded to an Austin tech company to help the state root out Medicaid fraud.

In March, a scathing state report recommended a shake-up at the health commission but did not explicitly call for Janek’s removal.

Janek makes $260,000 a year and has overseen the 56,000-person commission since 2012.

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