Writing in a 16-page decision, Karen Boeger, who oversees contracts and purchasing for the Office of Administration, said Corizon had no basis for that accusation.
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“After extensive research, neither the division nor (the Department of Corrections) have identified any inappropriate communications that has transpired relative to the procurement process from time of requirement drafting through contract award,” Boeger wrote.
Corizon also alleged that Centurion misrepresented its experience in providing prison health care because it had fired one of its top managers amid a scandal in Tennessee.
But, Boeger also struck that down, saying the change in status came after Centurion had submitted its initial bid.
“Despite Corizon’s protest contentions to the contrary, the evaluation of Centurion’s proposal as a responsive proposal appears to be appropriate,” Boeger wrote.
Boeger also rejected Corizon’s claim it was a Missouri-based company, saying the signature page of their proposal to the state, as well as their registration with the Secretary of State’s office, show they are a Tennessee-based business.
The opening of the contract resulted in big business for some Jefferson City lobbying firms.
Centurion, which provides prison health care in 17 states, hired the Gamble and Schlemeier lobbying firm in July 2020. They have 10 registered lobbyists assigned to Centurion.
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