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Treasurer Restarting Search For IT Vendor Amid 'Red Flags'

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Treasurer's Office is going back to the drawing board after lawmakers raised concerns about an IT vendor tapped to work on the new Education Savings Account program.

Treasurer's chief of staff Grant Hewitt said his office planned to post a request for bids on Friday. They previously had the prerogative to choose a vendor without an open bidding process.

Nevada lawmakers voted on party lines last week to approve $116,000 in start-up costs for the program, which allows parents to use state education funds for private school tuition.

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Lawmakers grilled the treasurer's office about why proposed contractor i2Net's Nevada business license had been revoked, and asked whether the vendor could handle the job.

Hewitt said officials are restarting their search to ensure the program starts on solid footing.