Law also reportedly asked DHHR officials to provide "talking points" to explain why the contract was awarded to an out-of-state company and the high bidder, anticipating media inquiries.
The pattern of mishandling bid evaluations included a contract for a multimillion-dollar Medicaid Management Information System, where the request for bids had been recalled and resubmitted three times, prompting an investigation by the state legislative auditor.
Currently, the awarding of the $248 million contract to Molina Medicaid Solutions is prompting a court challenge by another bidder, Xerox State Health Care, which contends that DHHR officials mishandled the bid process. Xerox officials say that, among other issues, DHHR inadvertently provided Xerox bid documents containing trade secrets, proprietary information and confidential information to Molina.
Law did not join in Perry and Taylor's lawsuit, which is pending in Kanawha Circuit Court, but said he anticipates pursuing legal action.
"I think that's something I'll look at," he said.
Law, who had nearly 12 years' service with DHHR, said his first priority will be looking for employment.
"Everybody needs a job, and I need one," he said.
DHHR spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman issued a statement Tuesday evening confirming Law's termination.
"Law served at the will and pleasure of the department as its director of communications from February 2001 to the present," Dadisman stated. "In accordance with the West Virginia Division of Personnel's legislative rule 143CSR1, regarding confidentiality and privacy rights of employees, no further comment will be made at this time."
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