Newspaper: DHHS Doesn't Have Memos For 7 Contracts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services doesn't have written justification for several contracts for services for individuals signed by the agency since Secretary Aldona Wos took over in January.

Documents obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh ( show the contracts could be worth up to $1.2 million.

Most major agencies in state government require an explanation in writing when officials want to hire an individual with a contract for services. But DHHS attorney Kevin Howell said the memos aren't required when the secretary herself approves the contracts.

DHHS couldn't produce memos for seven contracts, including one worth $312,000 to former State Auditor Les Merritt and a $310,000 contract to a vice president from the company owned by Wos' husband.