State contracts, misused in the past, under new scrutiny

The State of Iowa has spent more than $200 million with nearly 450 vendors who have master agreements to provide state agencies with supplies. Two of those master agreements — contracts for handguns — are being investigated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety following concerns about the agency's procurement practices. This is not the first time such agreements have come under criticism.

Source: The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

Posted on: May 14, 2015

Branstad administration draws ire for Veterans Home project

Multiple state employees testified Gov. Branstad's administration acted illegally and risked federal money to redesign a $105 million construction project at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. One accusation is that the administration allowed a contractor to work without a contract in an effort to derail contracts already in place.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Iowa agency taking some names off ‘do-not-hire’ list

State officials are taking an unknown number of names off the "do-not-hire" list, which has come under fire recently as workers rights advocates say the list has been applied inconsistently across state government and critics allege many people were never told they were on the list. Until last month, state leaders denied the list existed.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 9, 2014