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Missouri pays more to coronavirus consultant; total tops $829,000

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The state of Missouri has paid a Virginia-based consulting firm another $300,000 for its work helping officials respond to the coronavirus pandemic, according to state payroll records.

The latest payment means Missouri has paid the McChrystal Group more than $829,000 out of federal funds aimed a covering the costs of pandemic-related expenses. The payments come from a controversial no-bid contract that is worth $248,000 a month.

The contract, which runs through Dec. 31, could be worth more than $1.3 million, but the cost could be reduced if state employees replace company workers. A review is set for September.

The contract began June 1, less than a month after Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said the Missouri Foundation for Health would pay up to $600,000 for the company’s work.

A copy of the contract shows the McChrystal Group didn’t sign it until July 31 and the state didn’t sign until Aug. 5.

Parson aides say the firm, founded and headed by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, provides a management structure to coordinate problem solving on a pandemic issues between various state agencies and the governor’s Cabinet.

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