Gov. Bryant Creates Task Force to Oversee Mississippi Department of Corrections Contracts Review
JACKSON—Governor Phil Bryant today issued an executive order creating a task force to oversee the review of Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) vendor contracts and the re-bidding process.
On Thursday, Gov. Bryant announced all vendor contracts associated with companies listed in the indictment of former MDOC Commissioner Christopher B. Epps would be re-bid. Additionally, all other MDOC contracts will be reviewed to ensure they were both legally procured and in the best interest of the taxpayers.
“In light of the allegations of corruption against former MDOC Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, I want to ensure all current vendor contracts with MDOC meet the criteria set forth by Mississippi procurement law and are in the best interest of the Mississippi taxpayers,” Gov. Bryant said. “I know this task force will be able to provide oversight to the review process of current contracts along with those set to go out for re-bid. I am currently working with the State Auditor to strengthen the controls over contracts throughout the state.”
The task force will oversee MDOC’s review of current contracts and review the new contracts.