HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Communications and Technology Committee and Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a joint public hearing on the Department of Health’s recently announced $34 million contract to Public Consulting Group, the latest third-party vendor tasked to perform contact tracing of COVID-19 positive patients over the next year. York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill chairs the Communications and Technology Committee and reacted to the hearing. She said there’s an opportunity to rebuild trust among Pennsylvanians, improve data privacy, and reform the emergency procurement and the procurement process to make sure it is transparent. We need better checks and balances in the procurement process, more legislative oversight, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. PA health officials defended their decision to award another no-bid deal for COVID-19 contact tracing after a serious data breach involving the state’s previous vendor. They call it an urgent priority with cases rising and schools preparing to reopen for fall. The previous vendor, Insight Global, was later fired in May after company employees compromised the private data of more than 72,000 residents.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL