LAWMAKERS STILL DEMANDING ANSWERS AT STATE’S WELFARE AGENCY
Too often in government, major scandals go away when the individual bearing the most responsibility for them loses their job …
Don’t get us wrong: We love to see corrupt or incompetent bureaucrats get canned, but too often the next bureaucrat in line is just as bad as the one they replaced.
Which means nothing changes …
Take the ongoing scandals at the S.C. Department of Social Service (SCDSS) – which resulted in the resignation of embattled director Lillian Koller last month. For those of you keeping score at home, Koller is the fourth appointee of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to step down amid scandal. Previously, Haley was forced to accept the resignations of Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue and Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation.
Anyway … as we exclusively reported earlier this month, Koller’s departure hasn’t changed the climate at SCDSS one iota. According to our sources, the new leadership at the agency has been spending its time attempting to cover up its many scandals – as opposed to fixing them.
Specifically, the agency is reportedly scouring the social media pages of state lawmakers in an effort to determine which agency employees are blowing the whistle on the mismanaged bureaucracy.
SCDSS has been an unmitigated disaster since Haley took office – most notably as it relates to several cases involving the tragic and completely preventable deaths of children who were repeatedly placed in abusive homes.
Beyond that, there’s SCDSS’ ongoing failure with regard to the state’s child support enforcement database – or its total lack of follow-through regarding a food stamp waiver touted by Haley in her so-called “war on fat.” There are also questionable consultant payments and allegations of cooked books at its “welfare to work” program (as well as its food stamp system).
(For a recent report detailing one of these scams, CLICK HERE).
Sources tell FITS a long-awaited Legislative Audit Council (LAC) report regarding SCDSS will be released “sometime in August,” and that the report is “damning.” That audit was requested by S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne, who has been all over the scandals at this agency from day one.
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Meanwhile hearings are ongoing in Columbia, S.C. as several State Senators – most notably Katrina Shealy – are keeping the heat on the agency in the wake of Koller’s departure. Shealy – a longtime ally of the governor – nonetheless went head-to-head with Haley in calling for Koller’s resignation.