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Two top bureaucrats at S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s embattled Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) resigned this week.

Michael Buchman, the agency’s director of business services, submitted his resignation on Monday. Meanwhile Dennis King – an assistant director of employment services at the agency – also resigned Monday.

The departures came on the same day FITS exposed the latest example of tone deaf boondoggling on the part of this agency – which has been an unmitigated disaster since Haley took office.

Last year SCDEW doled out $54.5 million in “improper claims” according to U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) data. In fact over the last three years the agency has an improper payment rate of 14.7 percent – one of the highest rates in the nation. SCDEW was also recently the subject of a scathing audit by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC), which concluded that the agency owed $782 million to the federal government from its unemployment insurance fund. The SCLAC report also discovered that South Carolinians who “took advantage” of the agency’s reemployment services needed an average of 26.5 weeks to get off of the public dole. Those who didn’t use SCDEW took only 22.3 weeks.

Who’s picking up the tab for this incompetence? South Carolina businesses and taxpayers.

Can Haley’s second bite at this apple turn things around? We’ll see … but the fact remains government has no business running a glorified placement service.

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