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Michigan Department of Corrections keeping food service, health care in-house
By detroitnews.com - Gary Heinlein
Published: 03/01/2013

Lansing — The Michigan Department of Corrections said Friday it has decided against outsourcing its food service or further privatizing physical and mental health care because the bids it received failed to achieve the 5 percent savings required under civil service rules.

Department spokesman Russ Marlan said Corrections officials were notifying private vendors who had hoped for state contracts to run the services. Bidders would have saved the state 3.1 to 4 percent, or in the range of $10 million, officials said.

The Corrections Department also notified 1,300 state workers, mostly nurses and psychologists, of the decision. They would have been at risk of losing their jobs had the department contracted out the services to private firms.

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