"If you are directed to work on something that is not grant-related and charge it to a specific grant, then that's a violation of the requirements of the grant," Cunningham says.
He says the agency is upfront on bid procurements, that contractors don't have a hand in ETCOG's payroll, that there is no favoritism, and that all agency spending lawfully follows state and federal accounting guidelines.
Rockwall-based TH Enterprises and it's owner, Ted Hoisington, are getting as much as 750-thousand dollars this year for IT consultation and support, Cunningham says. Documents obtained by CBS 19 show that ETCOG often pays the company in excess of $20,000 a month for its services, and that Hoisington is paid $128 an hour.
Cunningham remembers in 2012, when ETCOG requested bids for IT support.
"I think that scared off a few of the companies that might have bid on it, when they knew that Ted was the person of choice anyway to begin with," Cunningham says.