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Jul 5, 2013 9:34 AM

Grand Jury No-Bills Former DPS Official

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Travis County grand jury has found no basis to charge a former Texas Department of Public Safety official who was under investigation for her role running the agency that handles federal Homeland Security grants to the state.

Janice Bruno, former head of the State Administrative Agency, was dismissed by the DPS director in 2011 after the State Auditor's Office received a tip alleging "criminal misconduct" in connection with a contract awarded to an Austin consulting firm.

The DPS director ordered the Texas Rangers to investigate. Their findings were eventually turned over to the Travis County district attorney's Public Integrity Unit.

Gregg Cox, chief of the unit, tells the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/17Xvwp2 ) the grand jury concluded two weeks ago Bruno had committed no crime.

A DPS spokeswoman declined to comment.

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