Georgia Democrats call for probe of $1.1B contract

(The Center Square) — Georgia Democrats want an investigation after they said a state audit surfaced questions about whether Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration circumvented state contracting requirements, potentially for political gain.

It’s not immediately clear which state or federal agencies might lead the probe, and Democrats said they haven’t formally requested an investigation.

At issue is a $1.1 billion contract the Georgia Department of Human Services executed to distribute debit cards to direct benefits recipients, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The contract was highlighted in a January review by the Georgia Department of Audits & Accounts.

“Ordinarily, when … an individual government agency receives federal funds, there are rules that apply to how those federal funds are to be used,” state Rep. Tanya Miller, D-Atlanta, said during a virtual media conference in response to a question from The Center Square. “I certainly think that
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