Posts Tagged ‘state agency’

DMR pays accounting firm more than double contract’s worth

BILOXI — The Department of Marine Resources, within months of signing a contract with the firm that conducted a 60-day review of the agency last year, has more than doubled the amount of money the agency will pay. DMR signed a contract in October with HORNE LLP for grant and accounting management assistance, according to […] [...]

MEMA earns NWS’ StormReady designation

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has become the first state emergency management agency in the nation to earn the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “This is a tremendous designation for the agency, knowing we have the plans and technology in place to protect our staff and the State Emergency Operations Center […] [...]

Grand jury returns indictment against former circuit clerk

VICKSBURG — A Warren County Grand Jury has returned a three-count indictment against Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Palmertree was arrested yesterday by sheriff’s deputies. Pickering says in a news release that Palmertree was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement. A previous indictment from August 2013 was dismissed due […] [...]

MDOT orders emergency closure of highway bridge

YALOBUSHA COUNTY — State transportation officials have closed a bridge after discovering it could possibly fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the bridge on Highway 51 approximately three miles south of the Highway 32 and Highway 51 intersection in Yalobusha County. During a routine inspection of the bridge, inspectors found signs of […] [...]

DMR sends letter to MDA over marine leasing, seismic activity

BILOXI — Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, has sent a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority regarding the state’s process for leasing and seismic activity in Mississippi marine waters. In the letter, Miller said that MDA’s rules do not contradict the Mississippi Coastal Program, but determined the DMR should […] [...]

Hosemann launches voter ID television ads

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state’s voter identification law that’s scheduled to be used for the first time in June. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that his office is airing two 30-second TV commercials — one that started Monday and one that […] [...]

Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented […] [...]

Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it ‘witch hunt’

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the […] [...]

PEER recommends changes to agencies’ contracting process

by Published: November 25,2013

Tags: contracting, Mississippi Legislature, PEER, state agency, vendor

JACKSON — PEER has completed a legislative request to review how state agencies contract for goods, services and construction and the transparency of the process. The requesting legislator was particularly concerned with vendors’ perspective of the contracting process. PEER sought to determine best practices in public contracting and whether Mississippi has the provisions in place […] [...]

Hosemann presents largest-ever Tidelands check

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented coastal officials a check for more than $9.7 million for tidelands-related projects along the Gulf Coast. Hosemann said the amount — $9,755,926.46 — is the largest tidelands amount ever returned to the Gulf Coast to date. Mississippians own the public trust tidelands, the land […] [...]

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