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As the scandals surrounding S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s cabinet continue to expand and escalate, at least one high-level bureaucrat has been fitted for the role of scapegoat.

Nicholas Anderson – the third-highest salaried employee at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) – has reportedly submitted his resignation from the agency effective immediately. The news broke as FITS was following up a scathing audit of the agency with an exclusive new report highlighting additional waste and duplication.

Anderson, who blamed his resignation on personal issues, was paid $101,000 a year (not counting benefits). It’s not clear yet what his level of involvement is with the various scandals affecting the agency (or if he’s the employee who pulls out the chair for SCDEW director Abraham Turner prior to important meetings).

All we know is that he’s “gone baby, gone …”

S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant – who runs the Senate Panel that oversees SCDEW – has made it clear that the agency’s current mismanagement is totally unacceptable.

Bryant wasn’t immediately available for comment regarding Anderson’s resignation, but he has previously blasted the agency for “taking money from the job creators of (South Carolina) to pay people to not work.”

Not only that, one out of every five dollars in unemployment benefits doled out in South Carolina is awarded erroneously – the eighth-highest percentage in the nation. Obviously that’s a big problem in a state that also has the eighth-highest unemployment rate in America. SCDEW has also been slammed for its $782 million debt to the federal government (which S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and “Republican” leaders in the S.C. General Assembly have been passing on to Palmetto State businesses and taxpayers).

In addition to these problems, last month’s audit revealed that (surprise, surprise) job seekers in the Palmetto State are able to free themselves from government dependence faster without the help of this agency … further evidence that government shouldn’t be in the job placement business to begin with.

Unfortunately Haley – who claims to be a “conservative” – disagrees.