Congressman calls for OIG investigation into CMS administrator consultant contracts

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, is calling for the Office of Inspector General to investigate reports that CMS Administrator Seema Verma directed millions of dollars in contracts to outside Republican communications consultants. Pallone issued a statement Friday calling for an investigation following a Politico story also published Friday reporting that Verma, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to head CMS, quietly directed millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts with Republican communications consultants, including hiring one well-connected GOP media adviser to bolster her public profile. “The communications subcontracts approved by CMS Administrator Verma—routed through a larger federal contract and described to POLITICO by three individuals with firsthand knowledge of the agreements—represent a sharp break from precedent at the agency,” Politico reported.

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