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.