LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska State Auditor Charlie Janssen said he’s only involved at “arm’s length” with his company that continues to receive money for contracts with the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Janssen said that the company, RTG Medical, has been in a blind trust since his election and that two minority partners handle day-to-day operations.
The state has paid his company more than $266,000 to provide temporary medical workers at the Beatrice State Development Center this year.
Concerns about the company’s contracts with Nebraska arose while Janssen was campaigning for the auditor job.
Elected officials aren’t barred by state law from doing business with state agencies. But state statutes say an elected official should report potential conflicts of interest when making decisions that “may cause financial benefit or detriment” to the official, a family member or associated business.
The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has nothing to rule on because Janssen hasn’t reported any potential conflicts.
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