Cancer agency investigated
State, Travis County DA launch probes over questions about grants.
The executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has submitted his resignation letter, the agency announced Tuesday, and the state attorney general and Travis County District Attorney’s office have opened investigations into allegations surrounding the agency.
The state’s cancer fighting agency has been under scrutiny as top agency officials have left in the wake of reports that at least two grants either had an incomplete review or no review at all.
The agency hasn’t been able to focus on fighting the disease due to “wasted efforts expended in low value activities” during the past tumultuous eight months, Execu- tive Director Bill Gimson wrote in a resignation letter dated Monday. Gimson offered to stay on until January, and the agency’s board must still approve his request to step down.
Gimson has led the state agency since it launched in 2009. But he fell under mounting criticism over the recent disclosure that an $11