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Procurement Prevails After Dental Contracts ApprovedLock Icon

The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

State to Hear Final Presentations from Potential Parks & Tourism Promoters

Presentations to be made by the three final advertising firms vying for the state's parks and tourism account, which used to be open to the public, will be closed this time. read more >
Bob Sanders of the Information Network of Arkansas, left, with Secretary of State Mark Martin, two leaders in e-government.
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At 20, Arkansas E-Government Draws Cheers

The public-private partnership that Bob Sanders helped create, Information Network of Arkansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is still setting records. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

State Keeps Tight Lid on Tourism Finalists

Did you see that announcement about the three finalists chosen for the state’s richest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year pact for marketing the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism? read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal

DentaQuest Sues Procurement Director Over Dropped Medicaid Bid

Disclosure provisions in the state’s competitive bidding process have landed Procurement Director Edward Armstrong in the hot seat again. read more >
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Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

State Seeks Pricing in New Bids for Tourism Ad Contract

The state reopened the bidding process on its largest advertising contract Wednesday afternoon, seeking pricing information from ad agencies hoping to land a $14 million-a-year pact for marketing Arkansas tourism and the state parks system. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Media & Marketing

It Takes a Village II (Editorial)

This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company. read more >