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File #: 22-4455    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Contract - Award Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/19/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 8/2/2022 Final action: 8/2/2022
Title: Request for approval of a personal services exemption from the competitive bid requirements and that the County Judge execute an agreement with Nomad Forensic Consulting LLC in the amount of $132,000 for medical examiner services for the Institute of Forensic Sciences for the period of August 2, 2022 - August 1, 2023, Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Personal Services Agreement.
Attachments: 1. 22-4455 Personal Service Exemption - Nomad Forensic Consulting LLC
Department: Purchasing
Department Head/Elected Official: DeWight Dopslauf

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Contract - Award

Project ID (if applicable): N/A
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): Nomad Forensic Consulting LLC

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Personal Services Agreement

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for approval of a personal services exemption from the competitive bid requirements and that the County Judge execute an agreement with Nomad Forensic Consulting LLC in the amount of $132,000 for medical examiner services for the Institute of Forensic Sciences for the period of August 2, 2022 - August 1, 2023, Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Personal Services Agreement.
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Background and Discussion:

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) is experiencing an increased case load this calendar year in addition to an unprecedented attrition of Assistant Medical Examiners. To ensure timely completion of statutorily required autopsies, HCIFS is contracting with Dr. Varsha Podduturi (through Nomad Forensic Consulting LLC) to provide medical examiner services. Dr. Podduturi is an experienced forensic pathologist and has provided consultation to HCIFS in the past. She is already aware of the Department's needs, standard operating procedures, and accreditation requirements. There is no expectation that she would perform any autopsies that might require future courtroom testimony.

Expected Impact:

Dr. Podduturi will assist with caseload reduction by performing autopsies. This will assist with turnaround time of case report completion, assisting with meeting accreditation standards, and providing information to decedent families.

Alternative Options:

The alternative is for HCIFS to continue processing cases as soon as possible with current staff leadi...

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