The Gov. Bobby Jindal Administration better be pretty sure of its information by cancelling a state contract, or else what looks to be a tempest in a teapot might cost the state some real money. And if there are any political reasons behind it, they’re likely to disappoint equally Jindal-haters and those loving lurid stories of rampant government corruption.
Further, Greenstein had no official input into the actual grading and awarding process, although he did sign off on the response to a subsequent appeal. The way it works is DHH specialists wrote up the request for proposal and the bidding process was handled by the Office of State Purchasing in the Division of Administration. A special committee of evaluators from DHH with presumed expertise in the area, judging bids on the basis of 80 percent technical/20 percent cost, forwarded CNSI as the top candidate to OSP, which then concluded the process with the award. This chain of events initially bothered the Senate committee charged with confirming Greenstein’s appointment (which occurred a few months prior to the RFP formulation, but these officials need Senate confirmation when it comes into session after the appointment) in 2011, but this did not prevent them from confirming him.