Committee postpones meeting on CDC review because of weather

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AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee postponed its Friday meeting because of the snowstorm that started Thursday morning.

The committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, to continue its review of the Report on Healthy Maine Partnerships’ FY13 contracts and funding. It is scheduled to meet again on Friday, Feb. 28. Both meetings will be held in the Cross Office Building, Room 220.

At its last meeting in January, members of the bipartisan committee voted to invite a select number of officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to answer questions about issues raised in the Healthy Maine Partnerships report prepared by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Committee members had questions about the process the CDC developed to distribute funding to the HMPs in 2012. They also had questions about allegations that documents were destroyed to evade a Freedom of Access Act request from the Sun Journal and about documents that were created in response to that request.

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All five officials who were invited to appear before the committee have declined. They are CDC Director Sheila Pinette; Deputy Director Christine Zukas; Debra Wigand, a division director; Andrew Finch, senior program manager for the HMPs; and Lisa Sockabasin, the director of the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

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