Can­cer agency in­ves­ti­gated

State, Travis County DA launch probes over ques­tions about grants.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Lay­lan Copelin lcopelin@states­man.com CPRIT Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor BIll Gim­son sub­mits his res­ig­na­tion.

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

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