LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is being criticized for awarding computer contracts worth about $90 million to a Canadian company that was the lead contractor on the federal government's troubled healthcare.gov website.
The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1vpq4RW ) says Michigan last week awarded two contracts to CGI Technologies and Solutions despite it not being the low bidder to build a system to cut checks to state vendors and do other functions. CGI's parent is headquartered in Montreal.
New York-based Accenture's bid was about $5 million less, but the state says CGI provides the "best value" because its solution is a better fit.
After awarding the CGI contract, Michigan negotiated $2.2 million in concessions.
Democratic House minority Leader Tim Greimel says it's "especially troubling" Michigan chose a higher bid from a foreign company.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com