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Another Nikki Haley Agency Is In Trouble

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) is about to be the subject of a scathing new audit report revealing gross mismanagement and failure to account for nearly $4 million in recently appropriated funds. “I’ve never seen an agency that is so poorly run,” a…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) is about to be the subject of a scathing new audit report revealing gross mismanagement and failure to account for nearly $4 million in recently appropriated funds.

“I’ve never seen an agency that is so poorly run,” a source familiar with the report tells FITS. “There is absolutely no institutional control whatsoever.”

The audit – which our sources say will be released by the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) this week – shows Haley’s hand-picked director Kela Thomas has a less-than-firm grasp over her agency’s finances. Specifically, Thomas cannot account for $3.8 million in funds appropriated to the agency by the S.C. General Assembly for the purpose of hiring new agents.

“They did hire agents, but they were hired to replace agents that already left,” our source says. “They didn’t hire any new agents at all. In short, there (are) millions of dollars that they cannot account for and, they were going to ask for millions more for new agents over the next three years.”

Wow …

Thomas has made headlines before – for her allegedly discriminatory hiring practices as well as her opposition to government restructuring proposals which would consolidate her agency with the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC).

We support those consolidation proposals … and we thought Haley did, too. Apparently not, though.

In addition to the missing $3.8 million, the SCLAC audit is rumored to expose other damning details of Thomas’ mismanagement of the agency – both as director and during her time as its administrative head, during which a $325,000 fraud was perpetrated against taxpayers on her watch.

Yeah … and Haley appointed this incompetent, Barack Obama-loving liberal to lead this agency anyway? Exactly …

According to our sources, the SCLAC found evidence of discrimination at the agency – and its investigators “wanted to put that in there” but were overruled.

“She hates white people so much,” one source told us, confirming our prior reporting that Thomas “demands to see a photo of an applicant before she will approve a hiring decision.”

“Thomas routinely hires people that aren’t remotely qualified for their jobs,” another source familiar with the audit explains. “What she does (most of the time) is hire them as ‘temps’ (since there is no official hiring process for temps at SCDPPPS). Then, after their year as a temp, she makes them a (full time employee) – without this person sitting through a single legit interview or going through a real hiring process. She’s giving all of her black friends (and I mean…99.9 percent of them are black) jobs with the state.”

Again … wow.

Can’t wait to see how Haley – whose cabinet has been plagued by one disaster after another – responds to this latest cabinet disaster.

Oh, and in case you’re keeping score at home SCDPPPS is slated to receive $54.9 million of your tax money in the upcoming FY 2013-14 budget – $2 million more than it received in the current fiscal year.

UDPATE: The audit (and an executive summary of its findings) were just released … confirming our reporting.

UPDATE II: Looks like we found some of the “missing money … “

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54 comments

GrandTango June 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Did the IRS demand this audit??..If so, I would not get too giddy about it, if I were you…
Obama HATES Republicans (like FITS) and he has shown he’ll stoop to NAZI tactics to persecute his political enemies…(like FITS)…

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Nölff June 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

FITS is a politician?

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Curious June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

I thought you said FITS was a “liberal-tarian.” Make up your mind, stooge.

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GrandTango June 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

What in my post has your Stupid @$$ confused???…
I said FITS hates Republicans, like Obama…Liberal-Tarians can hate Republicans..

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Genny Beans June 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

Did I just read a conserative IRS employee initated the Tea Party investigation?

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Slickz June 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Yep, a manager

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jimlewisowb June 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Tax Payers and Tax Dodgers let me introduce you to Kela Thomas:

A Rabbit who wipes her ass with Bears, Legislative Bears that is

Way to go Kela: fuck ’em, fuck ’em all

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snickering June 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

Except for 6, they’ll be pallbearers.

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Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Maybe the Feds will wipe theirs with Kela.

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jimlewisowb June 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Tax Payers and Tax Dodgers let me introduce you to Kela Thomas:

A Rabbit who wipes her ass with Bears, Legislative Bears that is

Way to go Kela: fuck ’em, fuck ’em all

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snickering June 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

Except for 6, they’ll be pallbearers.

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Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Maybe the Feds will wipe theirs with Kela.

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Fandango June 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

Am I the only one who sees the similarities between Haley/o’Bama and all of the incompetence, failure to lead and most importantly the scandals?

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Frank Pytel June 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Nope

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Fandango June 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

Am I the only one who sees the similarities between Haley/o’Bama and all of the incompetence, failure to lead and most importantly the scandals?

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Frank Pytel June 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Nope

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

It would be interesting to see an analysis by race of the agency’s clients together with the recidivism rates. Also, the same analysis for adults and juveniles still incarcerated. A ten-year analysis must be available.

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

It would be interesting to see an analysis by race of the agency’s clients together with the recidivism rates. Also, the same analysis for adults and juveniles still incarcerated. A ten-year analysis must be available.

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Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I am guessing off-shore account, maybe Turks and Caicos.

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Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I am guessing off-shore account, maybe Turks and Caicos.

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Finius Nullis June 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Many thanks for the two reports in your update.

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Finius Nullis June 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Many thanks for the two reports in your update.

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Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Bet the church mentioned in the summary was African-American. Would not be surprised in the least..

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Again, from her bio:

“Most importantly, Mrs. Thomas is a member of Francis Burns United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina”

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jimlewisowb June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Wonder if these fine Christians are the ones who have the 20 computer that have disappeared

Would be ironic if the Lord’s work was being done on stolen property

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

If so, I’m wondering if Thomas deducted them as a charitable donation on her income tax return. That would really be a bummer if she did…..hmmmm!

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Looking at the church’s website, the church appears to be a well-run and well-funded organization. It makes me wonder, based on Thomas’ hiring criteria, how many of the church members (or their relatives) she has hired or are employed at her agency. That would be an excellent line of inquiry for the LAC to investigate. If I had the authority this would be my top priority.

Marie Harrison June 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Bet the church mentioned in the summary was African-American. Would not be surprised in the least..

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Again, from her bio:

“Most importantly, Mrs. Thomas is a member of Francis Burns United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina”

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jimlewisowb June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Wonder if these fine Christians are the ones who have the 20 computers that have disappeared

Would be ironic if the Lord’s work was being done on stolen property

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

If so, I’m wondering if Thomas deducted them as a charitable donation on her income tax return. That would really be a bummer if she did…..hmmmm!

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Looking at the church’s website, the church appears to be a well-run and well-funded organization.

It makes me wonder, based on Thomas’ hiring criteria, how many of the church members (or their relatives) she has hired or are employed at her agency.

That would be an excellent line of inquiry for the LAC to investigate. If I had the authority this would be my top priority.

Somebody should drop a note in the mail to the LAC.

shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Here is an excerpt from her official bio at the agency:

“She was the principal advisor to the Director on the agency administration and operations to include legislative policy, fiscal and materials management, budgeting, training, and information technology systems.

Prior to assuming her duties as Deputy Director, Mrs. Thomas served as a Director of Development at the University of South Carolina. She has an established a career in credit administration, banking, and regulatory merger compliance.”

The audit report shows how all that is working out (sarcasm). The link to her bio is—-
http://www.dppps.sc.gov/Kela%20Thomas.htm

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I could tell you why she can’t tell anybody where the $4 million is, but I don’t want to be offensive.

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nitrat June 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Does that mean she worked at a pay day lending store?

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Here is an excerpt from her official bio at the agency:

“She was the principal advisor to the Director on the agency administration and operations to include legislative policy, fiscal and materials management, budgeting, training, and information technology systems.

Prior to assuming her duties as Deputy Director, Mrs. Thomas served as a Director of Development at the University of South Carolina. She has an established a career in credit administration, banking, and regulatory merger compliance.”

The audit report shows how all that is working out (sarcasm). The link to her bio is—-
http://www.dppps.sc.gov/Kela%20Thomas.htm

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shifty henry June 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I could tell you why she can’t tell anybody where the $4 million is, but I don’t want to be offensive.

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nitrat June 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Does that mean she worked at a pay day lending store?

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nitrat June 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This is what happens when you are basically a “white” party. You don’t know enough people of other races to realize when they are con artists.

Plus, the GOP has been about “talking points” since Newt Gingrich hired Frank Luntz 25+ years ago. Con artists find those talking points real easy to master because they are so widely used and so predictable.

That make you an easy sucker for a fair to middling con man or woman.

Another thing.
There used to be a B&CB Merit Agency and a Merit Test that SC state employees actually had to pass to get a job. With every agency doing their own hiring LIKE THE DEIFIED PRIVATE SECTOR there is simply no longer a bottom beneath which an employee cannot fall. They can crawl out of the sewer and be hired.
In the name of “reorganization” we have killed a meritocracy in favor of cronyism.
How many states go backwards like that?

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nitrat June 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This is what happens when you are basically a “white” party. You don’t know enough people of other races to realize when they are con artists.

Plus, the GOP has been about “talking points” since Newt Gingrich hired Frank Luntz 25+ years ago. Con artists find those talking points real easy to master because they are so widely used and so predictable.

That makes you an easy sucker for a fair to middling con man or woman.

Another thing.
There used to be a B&CB Merit Agency and a Merit Test that SC state employees actually had to pass to get a job. With every agency doing their own hiring LIKE THE DEIFIED PRIVATE SECTOR there is simply no longer a bottom beneath which an employee can fall. They can crawl out of the sewer and be hired.
In the name of “reorganization” we have killed a meritocracy in favor of cronyism.
How many states go backwards like that?

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Shirlean June 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Jobs are handed out in South Carolina to the well-off, well-connected. Education, experience means nothing! The dots are so easily connected. I’m ashamed of South Carolina.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Several agencies hire a lot of people who officially require certain technical or specialized degrees, for example engineers at DOT.

I wonder if all of them really have them, or if the good-old-boy system has corrupted that safeguard too.

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Shirlean June 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Jobs are handed out in South Carolina to the well-off, well-connected. Education, experience means nothing! The dots are so easily connected. I’m ashamed of South Carolina.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Several agencies hire a lot of people who officially require certain technical or specialized degrees, for example engineers at DOT.

I wonder if all of them really have them, or if the good-old-boy system has corrupted that safeguard too.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

“I’ve never seen an agency that is so poorly run”

I wonder what is the most poorly run state agency in SC?

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Prof June 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

First Steps

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

“I’ve never seen an agency that is so poorly run”

I wonder what is the most poorly run state agency in SC?

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Prof June 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

First Steps

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Jakester June 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

Sen. Malloy is the one controlling this agency and he is also the hold up in merging the Department of Corrections and SCPPPS. His stance is based on the color of the director of SCPPPS.

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Jakester June 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

Sen. Malloy is the one controlling this agency and he is also the hold up in merging the Department of Corrections and SCPPPS. His stance is based on the color of the director of SCPPPS.

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