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Democratic lawmaker questions state's website contract

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 26, 2013 3:54 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A state lawmaker is questioning why Governor Corbett's administration awarded a sole-source contract to a firm to manage the state's website infrastructure and technology.

Representative Rob Matzie has raised his concerns in a letter to Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. A spokesman for Corbett's Office of Administration says the firm, a subsidiary of Kansas-based NIC, is the only company in the country that does what it does.

But Matzie, a Beaver County Democrat, cites statements by NIC that it faces "intense competition" in all sectors of its business. The firm also says the Pennsylvania contract was its first sole-sourced agreement. The deal is for five years and pays NIC through fees charged on optional business transactions.

NIC has contracts with 28 other states.

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