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Thursday, September 29, 2005

"No Vital Services Were Cut"

-Arlene Wohlgemuth, 2004

The $45 million in savings Texas' Health and Human Services Commission hoped to realize by privatizing its payroll and human resources operations will be far less, according to a state auditor's office report to be released next week.

The audit, a draft of which was obtained by the Express-News, said a substantial amount of the projected savings evaporated after "errors and complete data" were considered.

That version of the audit said the commission would save only $1.1 million over five years. The commission disputed that number.

The report also questioned the commission's process for awarding the contract to Convergys, an international outsourcing company that also runs Florida's payroll and personnel systems.

While Wohlgemuth's, architect of HB 2292, assertion is extremely debatable, one other thing is not. The savings that were projected because of her bill are going to much, much lower than originally predicted- if there are any at all.