Politics

Controller, delegates push Hardship payments

On Tuesday, acting Navajo Nation Controller Elizabeth Begay informed the Budget and Finance Committee that approximately 1,000 approved and 9,000 wait-listed Hardship Assistance applicants who have not received their checks are now in limbo since the controller’s contractor, Baker Tilly, has put its CARES Act work on hold.

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Kirk out after lengthy debate

While the legislation does not state a reason for Kirk’s removal, it seemed to be partly in connection with a contract Kirk entered into last November with Agile Technology Group to perform COVID-19 tests on her employees and their families. According to Navajo Attorney General Doreen McPaul, who filed a cease-and-desist order against Agile last Friday, the company was never approved for testing by the Navajo Nation Health Department, the sole-source emergency contract was improperly procured, and the company overstayed its contract by five months and performed COVID tests on other people besides the controller’s office employees — including Council delegates.

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