Kyle Janek said Friday that he’ll step down as head of the state Health and Human Services Commission, a move that should have happened months ago.
Two of Janek’s top assistants left in December in a scandal involving $110 million in questionable software contracts with the Austin firm 21CT.
A “strike force” named by Gov. Greg Abbott pointed to administrative problems at the agency. It said the commission “lacks a clear vision for its future and a strategic direction” and is too often “reactive,” raising “serious questions about the agency’s internal functions.”
It criticized Janek for isolating himself behind an informal “kitchen cabinet” of advisers.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Star-Telegram
The Legislature passed bills to address government contracting and reorganize the commission. The 21CT contracts are still under investigation by the Travis County district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit and the FBI.
It is past time for new leadership at the commission.