Like the rest of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration, her welfare agency has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster.
Now, according to our sources at the agency, the benefit call center at the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) has been shut down in the wake of a pending federal audit. The agency’s director – Lillian Koller – is also in hot water over a $1 million contract with an outside vendor related to the administration of federal TANF funds (a.k.a. “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families”).
“Koller knows that the contact is not working but she does not want to end it because it would make her look bad,” our source says.
We’re also told by multiple sources at the agency that SCDSS’ “welfare to work” scam – which we exposed in detail in this report – remains in effect despite the best efforts of Haley and Koller to mislead the public.
“The jobs they are talking about are not being created, and are certainly not being created by (SCDSS),” our source says. “SCDSS is clearing its cases when dependents come into a hardship and are unable to afford child care so they decide to apply for child care to help assist the family. That isn’t closing a case. Other cases are being closed because the household started receiving unemployment, social security income, child support income and other subsidies.”
Welfare to work? Sounds more like “welfare to welfare” to us …
Still, Haley is claiming this as a major victory … citing 18,000 people she has transitioned from the welfare rolls to gainful employment over the past two-and-a-half years.
“From the start, getting South Carolinians off welfare and back to work wasn’t about keeping compliance officers in Washington, D.C. happy – it was about getting our citizens back to work,” Haley said earlier this month. “I give director Koller a lot of credit for helping to change the culture from checking boxes and placement in entitlement programs to a commitment to placement in actual jobs.”
If only that were true …
“If this is going to be her campaign stump search for re-election their are some fools out there,” another SCDSS mole tells us. “This is an outright lie.”
Add it to the list …