A spokesman for state Controller John Chiang said today that the agency has no concerns over Orange County’s contract with IT contractor ACS State and Local Solutions.

This means that the source of the call to Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen — which led her to table consideration of a controversial $254,609 bonus for ACS at the Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting Tuesday — remains a mystery.

“I am not aware of any phone call to Orange County regarding that topic,” said Chiang Spokesman Jacob Roper.

Roper’s statement lends credence to Orange County CEO Tom Mauk’s contention that the call to Nguyen was a likely ruse to create delays in consideration of the bonus.

Some — including the Orange County Employees Association and Supervisor Shawn Nelson — have raised questions about how such bonuses are designed and implemented.

The county’s performance auditor has filed numerous reports criticizing the county’s computer infrastructure.

The issue is scheduled to come back for consideration next Tuesday.


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