Pointed out to us by an alert reader, this might bear some scrutiny:
- The head of the state's child welfare agency told lawmakers Tuesday he was "horrified" by allegations that a Chicago company with a no-bid contract billed the state more than $2 million for drug tests it never conducted.
Acting director Erwin McEwen told a Senate appropriations committee he could not explain why there hadn't been more scrutiny of the contract that K.K. Bio-Science Inc. had since the mid-1990s with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Here's the payoff paragraph:
- In 1995, the firm lost a contract to screen Chicago police and fire employees following allegations it was not licensed by federal authorities to conduct urinalyses. In 1992, federal authorities accused the company of cheating on test results to pass federal licensing examinations.
"...lost a contract..." That would seem to imply they actually HAD a contract, wouldn't it? And if they were conducting unlicensed testing, there would seem to be a certain lack of standards, right? And if these people were testing CPD and CFD employees (or potential employees), how can anyone who tested positive or wasn't hired because of alleged positive tests be sure they were given full due process or persons who should have been caught by the myriad of systems in place weren't, in fact, caught at all? The mind boggles.