Lillian Koller Resigns

NIKKI HALEY’S WELFARE CZARINA FINALLY “OUT” S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) director Lillian Koller finally got Governor Nikki Haley to accept her resignation … Koller – the state’s embattled welfare czarina – stepped down this week as the uproar over a flood of scandals mounted. In doing so, she…


S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) director Lillian Koller finally got Governor Nikki Haley to accept her resignation …

Koller – the state’s embattled welfare czarina – stepped down this week as the uproar over a flood of scandals mounted. In doing so, she becomes the fourth member of Haley’s cabinet to be forced from her position as a result of incompetence or corruption.

FITS has been on top of the scandals at SCDSS from day one … doing the work the state’s mainstream media either could not or would not do (at least not until recently).

Earlier this year, one local television station – WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.) – finally got around to confirming a shocking story first published by this website last summer. We’re referring, of course, to the tragic tale of Robert Guinyard Jr., a four-year-old boy who was placed into an abusive home by  Koller’s agency despite repeated warnings about his safety.

Because those warnings went unheeded, Guinyard was beaten to death in the home.

We called on Haley to fire Koller in the aftermath of that tragedy – not just because there was actual blood on her hands, but because the Guinyard tragedy was the latest in a long line of examples of her unfitness for office.

There’s the ongoing failure of SCDSS on the state’s child support enforcement database – or the total lack of follow-through Koller’s agency has shown with regard to 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).

In addition to Koller, Haley has been 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.

Koller’s resignation comes just days after one of Haley’s allies in the S.C. Senate blocked a vote of no confidence in the embattled bureaucrat – and after S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) launched a new campaign commercial in his gubernatorial race against Haley taking aim at Koller’s failures.

It also comes as the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) is preparing to release a reportedly damning assessment of the agency …

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Thomas June 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

“FITS has been on top of the scandals at SCDSS from day one … doing the work the state’s mainstream media either could not or would not do.”

And yet, when she is finally out, the mainstream guys get it first. “Oh!’ (Seinfeld voice).

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Will is on vacation with his family – give him a break. Nikki waited for this moment to do this.

CNSYD June 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for the info Will. We all should know every event is planned around you.

ww June 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I hear the criminal neglect (my opinion) of Haley’s deaf ear and blind eye into the deaths of these children and her refusal to take action, until kitchen got too hot is going national.
ABC is working on a damning story, as well as interest by other national media outlets.
Inside scoop is, haley will “look like the disengaged, unconcerned chief executive she has proven to be”.
Where was Haley while the kitchen caught fire? In New York lunching with one of her “Rock Stars”, Joan Jett who is a real rock star and founder of the rock group, Black Hearts. Seems an appropriate name for Haley’s total failure in the deaths of these children!
Goodbye Nikki, don’t let those doors smack you in your bulbous rear, as you leave!
Don’t go away mad, just go away. You have been a nightmare!

you know me June 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Saw people in Lexington collecting signatures for Ervin the other day. Man, I will tell you people were lined up to sign. He Will be on the ballot, no doubt about it.

WW June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Where,I want to sign!!!

tater salad June 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

Well, last weekend, they were taking sigs. at the Metro #1 fleamarket in W. Cola. I would go to Ervin’s website and get a contact # to call.They might even come to you.

Bo Bergdahii June 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I am proud of my fellow traitor, Tom Ervin!

Rick da Dic June 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

Me too Bo!, remember when Ervin ran against Jean Toal; now thats balzy. Hes got my vote just for running against this Harrell. He lost, but he put forth the effort and now what I read apparently he is running against a drug addict whose drug of choice is crack rock cocaine (according to Sic Willie and quite apparently many other knowing writers of this blog; how can one not read about it, its all over for that matter almost every day, and of course it was Our Founding Editor who first brought her alleged drug addiction up for discussion but then again he has empirical knowledge of her habit, (I wonder how?, (and she is such a nice lady too)) which according to Fits is smokable cocaine. If its true what Sic says then she is probably a drug dealer as well (but they say the same thing about Trikkis bestest friend, Smackdown Sarah in Alaska); who would ever suspect, “Oh No, Not Our Governor” (who by the way is a card carrying member of the notorious SC motorcycle gang, the Brotherhood ABATE (according to her political disclosures, she pays her dues and events with contributors monies (look for yourself)). ABATE is a well known SC statewide drug distribution ring currently under perpetual investigation by SLED (who still, has no idea of Trikkis smoking habit or gang related activities), but Governor to be Tom Ervin does. Sheheen still don’t, I wonder why?

Soft Sigh from Hell June 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

If it can be proved that Nikki is a motorcycle gang moll hoodlum. I may have to vote for her! We can’t seem to find any “cojones” among the ostensibly male pols.

GrandTango June 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

You have your pound of flesh. So I guess Haley is no longer vulnerable, right?

Paul Stanley June 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Listen!! How many of you out there are ready to READY TO ROCK AND ROLL?! What? I CAN’T HEAR YA!!…

GrandTango June 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Would you like a blowjob my good man? I swallow,

Indigo June 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

So now a full 25% of Haley’s hand-picked cabinet level “rock stars” have resigned in shame or under a cloud of controversy (SCDOR, SCDOT, SCDEW and SCDSS).

And yet if you read Haley’s statement on WIS she is still defending Koller, unbelievable.

Yep June 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

In group therapy a “rock star” is a crackhead.

Margret G June 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm

It fits, when talking about Haley’s screwups! Rather crackheadish!

Kudzu June 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

This was DSS second in command under Haley-Koller who resigned in shame/controversy

Margret G. June 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

You left out Elinor Kitzman haley’s executive director of the Budget and Control Bd.
Haley has constatnly fired and riffed competent, knowledgable employees and Haley or her appointees have replaced them with incompetent, unqualified people.
The chickens are coming home to roost and the State will suffer for years!

Totally Fed Up! June 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Or possibly a Cluster Fu(K would be more appropo!

Sam June 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

There’s gonna be a distinct shortage of rock stars in town…. Now attention needs to get back to Templeton and the plethora of mis-management, lies and illegalities growing daily with her unfortunate tenure at dhec.

jimlewisowb June 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Wishful thinking

Unfortunately Koller has set the bar at a new low as too how much a true fuck up one has to be for the Gypsy Queen to pull their lips off Mother Carolina’s tit

Outside of Templeton being caught reporting to work to her Columbia office every day from 9 to 5 for a week, she is good to go

NuDHEC June 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Say it again, Sam. You can’t rely on Fits to trash Templeton, though. He seems smitten with her and is possibly her paid shill. It will take an objective person who has a lot of time and determination (and who has an unending supply of FOIA requests on hand) to bring the plethora of illegalities going on at NuDHEC into the light. Those “running” the agency today are little more than narcissists/pathological liars, but no matter, they are Haley-University-InDaClub-approved-rock-stars. Management, public health, and/or environmental experience, hmpfh, who needs it? Just bring your clueless, pompous self over to a state agency formerly comprised of well-qualified and intelligent public health and science professionals, gut all existing structure and programs just because you can, put your unqualified crony friends in high paying positions they can’t even begin to handle, fire or RIF knowledgeable employees at will, and make life so miserable for all those left that they run away screaming. And voila, the argument for less government is thus realized. To describe NuDHEC in the immortal words of our old Superfriends: Form of – crappy service for citizens and less capacity to respond to incidents! Shape of – citizens being in danger because of rookie oversights and sheer incompetence! Just what we all wanted, I’m sure. It’s too bad that the numerous unlawful termination cases against Templeton seem to settle out of court and are paid for on the backs of the taxpayers, not Templeton herself. We can’t be having these proceedings open to FOI now, can we?

Cloud Nine June 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

“Those “running” the agency today are little more than narcissists/pathological liars”
Too true in too many cases, but they were there long before Templeton arrived.

“a state agency formerly comprised of well-qualified and intelligent . . . science professionals”
Surely you jest. Or delude. It is widely a mediocre bureaucracy and long has been.

“put your unqualified crony friends in high paying positions they can’t even begin to handle”

What a naïf! That and other agencies crawled with such before Templeton was even born. There are some upper level “technical/ professional” employees who could not pass the first week’s pop quiz in an introductory course in their “specialty” when they should be able–for the money we are paying them–to teach the course.

“sheer incompetence”
Long standing . . . and long protected.

NuDHEC June 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

I will not contest for one second that there have been plenty of mediocre people working in state government since its inception, nor will I aver that these types should not be let go. However, my argument is to simply illustrate that Haley has, directly or indirectly, put many people in charge of state agencies that have no business doing such jobs. Most have little/no/questionable experience relevant to the agencies they’ve been tasked to manage, have no vested interest in making their respective agencies better or in achieving their prescribed missions, don’t care about the people who work for them, and are simply waiting on their next, more lucrative political gig.
Have these new “leaders” achieved leanness within their agencies? Sure, by following the Tea Party’s/Haley’s “cut for the sake of cutting” mantra where they fire/RIF people left and right to maintain skeleton crew staffing levels and pay bottom dollar to replace the talented, experienced employees who were forced out or who left out of disgust. Remember, you get what you pay for, and thanks to our Gov & Company’s minimalist mindset as it relates to adequate staffing, coupled with the lack of qualified leadership and rule by absolute tyranny, we have incidents like the DHEC Greenwood TB debacle, the numerous DSS failures, the DOR hacking, and, well, I could go on listing all the screw ups but won’t. (One more thing on this: At DHEC, the new leaders have taken the windfall gained from cutting existing staff to inflate the already unjustifiable salaries of the inexperienced hired buddies at the top. Gotta love the Marie Antoinette double standard there.)
You seem to focus on what your opinion is of DHEC’s former state. Well, perhaps you can tell us how the agency has actually improved under Templeton? Do you have meaningful, not manufactured-for-the-media (à la DSS) statistics to support any such improvements? And, if you have evidence on how the high-paid youngsters working at the top of the agency have proven themselves worth the money it used to take 30+ years of firsthand, hard-earned knowledge and experience to achieve, that would be good to hear.

Cloud Nine June 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I never said or implied a word in defense, except in the specific sense that a lot of items were and are wrong with DHEC’s middle management and most, the vast majority of them, long preceded her and cannot be laid at her doorstep. I have no idea whether the changes on the health side were good or bad, they simply are not viewable by me. I am more interested in seeing what if anything will happen on the environmental side and only time will tell. As for the upper level losses from the old regime, I think several were regrettable and very unfortunate and a few were long overdue. Same with those that were said to be drive outs rather than push outs: a mixed bag. But it is her show: she will be judged on the final results and not on every individual step. I want what is best for the residents of the state and I assure you that the environmental side of the agency she inherited was in marginal and declining shape when she took over. I wish her success if she chooses to turn it around. That being no small task, I will have to accept that a bit of roughness may accompany the attempt. A lot of people in and out of the agency are interested in seeing what ensues. Some think it is over, others think it is only half over at most. Again, time will soon tell.

Sam June 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm


Cloud Nine June 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

I don’t wish to mention people’s names, if that is what you mean.
As to failings, in general it is failing to live up to the explicit and also implied promise to base decisions on good applied science and engineering in those many instances where an exact decision is not specified in regulation and some judgment must be used. Professionalism is claimed, and is being paid for in salaries, but is widely not attained. Crude, amateurish, sometimes even clownish thinking is all too common in parts of middle and lower management, and this management makes all the final decisions–the technical staff be damned. And by technical staff I don’t mean technicians, I mean staff scientists and engineers, all degreed. The middle and lower echelons of management are fixated with easy answers, the correctness of the answers takes a far distant second or farther place: they merely want a pleasing plausibility. This professional laziness (and cowardice) then permeates other areas so that essential matters needing explanation to permit holders never get explained, never get inspected in the required routine inspections, never get noted in the required routine monitoring, never get corrected by the existing and taxpayer paid-for enforcement. The public gets told it is being protected and in far more than a couple of cases that protection has been basically a fraud. A bungled fraud rather than a designed one I would hope but a fraud just the same. All this preceded the new director and her advisors and cannot be blamed on them.
DHEC’s environmental program should do one of two things: gain some true professionalism (and all that that means), or simply admit to the state that all it can undertake is EPA’s bureaucratic paperwork and a bare-bones minimalist permitting program. If I were a DHEC careerist I would unhappily note that the latter does not require scientists and engineers: adept tech-school associates could handle the technical clerks positions then. Even on the purely administrative paper-shuffling matters they could hardly do a worse job than now in some areas.
All this said, it doesn’t cover all programs certainly. I am not afraid to drink the tap water at any permitted system in SC, nor eat at any restaurant with an “A” sticker. Probably a number of other programs are well run and don’t glare. Sorting out good from poor would take some concerted attention. The poorer managers certainly are not going to tell you.
It will be interesting to see where it all goes.

snickering June 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Because Trikki Nikki said Koller was a “ROCK STAR”. You can’t fire a “Rock Star”. but cut off any money going to a Rock Star and they’ll fold like a cheap suit.

Fidel Chavez June 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Don’t ya love it! The Tom Ervin/Barack Obama American haters and traitors come out of the closet to spew their lies and hatred against a Republican gov!
A vote for Tom Ervin is a vote for the Democrat Party and a pResident that despises our country,military and moral/social foundations.
Haley ain’t perfect however Sheheen and Ervin are votes for the Obama regime.

Former Haley supporter June 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

You chose the name of two Communist, tyrants to post under.
Quite appropriate for your propaganda and lies!
Ervin is further from a Communist and a liar than you and your love Haley!
I know all three well Ervin, Haley and Sheheen and I will tell you either Ervin or Sheheen are head and shoulders above her Hine-ass Haley!

Che Ceausescu June 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Wherever Sheheen is, I just wish he were more there.
Sure, he is not Nikki, but how specifically would he–could he–help this half-failing state?

Jay Ellington June 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Man, I just read her resignation letter… talk about blowing sunshine up her own ass. What a funky looking delusional bitch.

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

“delusional” — it’s contagious among that group. Any clues about what will happen with her posse? Will many of those employees who were fired to pay for that posse be rehired, and with back pay and benefits, I would wish.

nitrat June 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

They should take this opportunity to get rid of every single employee who works at the state director’s will. A good house cleaning will do a lot of good.

Malignant Mediocrity June 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

“They should take this opportunity to get rid of every single employee who works at the state director’s will. A good house cleaning will do a lot of good.”
But this is exactly what is being complained about happening at LLR and DHEC.
People who should be fired should be fired. Period.
That alone would “clean house.”

easterndumbfuckastan June 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

The entire second paragraph of the letter was on big long ass run on sentence of epic proportions.

Jay Ellington June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Egregious use of Microsoft Word.

easterndumbfuckastan June 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Speaking of Microsoft Word and taxpayer money, I’ve never figured out why all these government agencies continue to pay $$$$$$ to Microsoft for site licenses for Microsoft Office Professional when LibreOffice and OpenOffice are freely available, have all the necessary functionality (maybe with the exception of a very few employees that need Microsoft Access), and are just as easy to use. The licenses for the Open Source software allow commercial and governmental use and it’s free. Also the source code is freely available so they could have agency programmers customize it as necessary. Truthfully the same can be said for Windows vs Unbuntu Linux. All the functionality of Windows at a 100% discount,

Jay Ellington June 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

This is probably one of the things decided upon at Bilderberg. :)

nitrat June 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

When Mark Sanford installed – briefly – Monty Felix at DSS and he was addicted to Excel. Everything had to be changed over just to make Monty happy and then, he was gone.
I’m wondering if that was about the time Paul Moore and his little buddies were running their multi-million dollar scheme, May 2004 – Oct. 2008. Did Excel make that possible?

Uh huh June 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hell, now you can use google to do the traditional office suite stuff. I like Ubuntu though, it’s the only OS I’ve put on my wife’s computer that keeps her from whining “Honey, it’s not working!”.

No matter what she clicks on or how she bangs the keys, it’s just doesn’t crash.

easterndumbfuckastan June 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I thought about the Google Docs stuff, but you know agencies aren’t going to trust Google with their criminal activity, though several local school districts are exclusively Google Docs now. I love Ubuntu and have replaced XP on several computers with it for people who just do web stuff and email with great results.

Jackie Chiles June 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

She won’t be missed.

Jay Ellington June 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I wouldn’t be so sure, who’s face will they use to stamp out the Halloween goblin cookies now?

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I was going to add a crude statement but I’ve changed my mind.

Whacky June 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm Reply
Moving June 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Good riddance. Now, moving right along…..

CorruptionInColumbia June 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

In an article in The State, Koller says it has become increasingly apparent that she is becoming “a distraction” to the progress of DSS.

Ya think? Did this bitch ride the short bus or the short skateboard to school?

Took her long enough to figure it out. Better late than never, I guess.

Female Republican June 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Haley has been and currently is and will forever be a DISASTER of Biblical proportions!

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Excuse me, but are you referring to Nikki’s boobs or buttocks?

Microscope on highest setting June 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Damn, I never knew she had boobs? Where?
Oh, you are talking about her cabinet and appointments. So sorry, thought you meant something else, my apologies.

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

— firm but jiggly, just like the jello you get at the Marriott

Ralph June 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

What’s her lifetime pension? $154,879 x .8 = $123,903 / year

Not bad for killing a few kids…

nitrat June 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I’m hoping since she has not worked for state government long enough to vest in the retirement system, she will get zip.
But, I’m sure Trikki is sending her on her way with some kind of golden parachute – wonder what her other failed agency heads got?

john June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

She only resign after the senate sub committee received damaging report that case mangers had 40 cases and 90 children to be seen. Lillian told the committee the had only 20-25 cases.

If DSS found 20,000 people jobs then close SC WORKS increase case mangers pay…

Philip Branton June 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Well……if Haley was smart……she would announce that the next DSS leader would be Wil Folks.

Just think how she could turn the tables on every editor in the STATE and tell Wil Folks to put a sock in his mouth too boot..!!

Wil obviously knows how to communicate…..and from the participation of Lillian in the comment section of FITSNEWS , WE all know and are witness to her communications ability..!!

Nikki really needs to start using her noggin……

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

The image is there — Nikki calling Will to the carpet. “Oh, Nikki (or whatever his sweet-name for her is), not unless you’re wearing your hooker boots!”

ted June 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

I don’t think Will wants to be in the same room as Nikki. I think he finds her disgusting.

scotty June 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Kitzman had two shots, as the Insurance Dept. Director then to the B & C Director. Wonder when the Rock Star tryouts will be held guess they will wait for Fits to return?

Walter June 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Elinor (Bloody Bitch) Kitzman lasted about 3 months before resigning!
She screwed the Budget and Control Bd up, fired many capable and experienced employees before she left. I heard the rumors, not sure the reason; but, if true, she Haley were two peas in the same pod!
What do you think Senator?

jimlewisowb June 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Always nice to wake up from a nap and read of a Cockroach being crunched under the shoe of justice

Jeremy Jones June 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Vote Vincent Sheheen!!

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

HEY! Hi there, Alvin, I’m so glad to see you’re doing well and looking good!

Jeremy Jones June 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

My name is Jeremy. I am far from Alvin Greene, so how about you shut up! I know how to get out of my house speak to people if I ever decide to run for office which is unlikely. I am brutally honest so I would not mess with me if you don’t want your feeling hurt.

Al Sharpton June 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hey buddy.Put them Rev.Jeremiah Wright tapes away and go get a job!
Drinking 40’s all day between hits on that crack pipe ain’t gonna help Sheshitter.

neighbor June 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Shut up Simran.

namelessperson July 17, 2014 at 6:51 am

goddamn that was clever…how ever did you come up with such creative, not-cliché-at-all insults? lmfao

Jay Ellington June 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm


Jeremy Jones June 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Because he is the right choice for Governor and he cares about South Carolina!

Jay Ellington June 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

He’s done a wonderful job of defending violent criminals, helping them back into society where they can commit other violent crimes. Is that what South Carolina deserves?

Jeremy Jones June 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

That is in the past my un-informed acquaintance. You would not get over it if Nikki Haley said it doesn’t matter. South Carolina deserves a Governor who cares about education from day one not during an election year. Also a Governor who will bring good paying jobs to SC not those low wage jobs. Yeah i will take Vincent Sheheen over Nikki Haley any day.

ashley June 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm


john June 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

That he’s job..and thats what he’s being paid for…
Stop acting like the democratic and conservative party done the damage. Just today I call blue cross and blue shield about % being paid to provider my deductible wait from 350 yo 420 I had no knowledge was to by a representative to visit the website to find a provider in the my network none…. but I found plenty in Columbia about an hour drive… The Republican party keep getting richer and the poor keeps getting poor.

Jay Ellington June 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Not sure I follow you. Actually I’m sure I don’t, WTF are you talking about?

Sandi Morals June 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Yeah right. If Sheheen cared about South Carolina he wouldn’t belong to the Democrat Socialist Party and if Ervin cared about South Carolina he wouldn’t desert the Republican Party and try and elect socialist Sheheen.
Sheheen and Ervin are no different than ECB or Gloria Tinabu or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.Radical leftists seeking to push Obamas agenda to destroy America.

ted June 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Why vote for Sheheen? Because he’s not a child hater.

you know me June 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

The general opinion around Lexington is that Sheheen will win in November.

Just One?? June 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

DSS must be cleaned out. The real issues are with supervisors and their staff. It is a cesspool of wastefulness, abuse and misuse of OUR money. CAN THE DO NOTHINGS! CLEAN IT OUT NOW!

john June 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm


It Was The Dreamtime June 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

No, no, no . . . you don’t understand. Things were perfect and totally professional before the new regime. Not the slightest flaw I tell you. Nirvana on earth. Jesus smiled upon the entire agency. Just listen to the posted howls. The new director’s arriving was like the day Attila passed into the western empire: it rained blood for three days, and the rest is history. Don’t take my word for it, take theirs, say on DHEC. Apparently, to hear them tell it, DHEC was staffed with Nobel candidates until some new Lysenko arrived along with the new director.

What complete cluelessness regarding the nature of state agencies in this state. (Get ready for some DNR news in the next few months.)

nitrat June 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

This really has been a Sanford/Haley administration…just like all of the other cabinet agency crap Sanford screwed up and left to explode down the line after he left office, such as SCDEW, SCDOR, SCDOT…but, Lillian and her bunch took a sinking agency over Niagra Falls.

Bill Clinton June 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

About Fuckin’ Time!

Sharon June 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Rats leaving a sinking ship, Haley knows she ordered her to cut cost and outsource jobs as well as tell the state employees like all of Haley’s agencies work till your dead with no help or we will fire you all. There is also a big investigation looming of federal funds being mismanaged, allocated to help children. Its all about making Haley and the numbers look good so Haley can be re-elected in November. Sled’s Keel told Haley she had problems.

dedicated13 June 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Thank you!!!!

Thomas June 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Well, that was…political. From what I gleaned from my Google Snap Shot of Director Koller several months ago, she had “measurable results” in her current position and her last position. She did good in her last position before Gov Haley tapped her for Director of SCDSS.

Measurable results are good for Directors and states because they get performance bonuses for measurable results. Ever hear of the Adoption And Safe Families Act of 1997, Adoption Incentive Payments program (Section 473A of the Social Security Act), Strengthening and Finding Families for Children Act, Family Connection grants, Title IV-E program (under the Social Security Act), Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments, Title IV-B of the Social Security Act (Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families)? If not, why not? Please do not tell me you are basing your opinions on your perceptions based on your biases. Here, Director Koller was doing her job…well.

The problems in SCDSS were initiated by the General Assembly 14 years running. In fiscal year 2000-01 the 34% reduction in SCDSS’s state budget has had an impact on the agency’s ability to provide services. While total funding for SCDSS increased in 2000-01, this reflects the merging of Childcare program from DHHS to DSS where the increase of federal funding went directly to clients in the form of benefits, it is important to note that it did not go to the agency to help with staffing of services.

The result is that caseworkers are doing administrative work, which takes away from hours that could be spent doing casework. In some counties, CPS workers are also
handling Adult Protective Services (APS) cases. In addition, positions have been merged and supervisor positions eliminated. As a result of the use of a buyout program, CPS has lost some of its most experienced employees. In general, caseloads have increased to 50 per worker.

The problems in our state agencies, agency budget cuts, funding pork barrel projects, not being cognizant of being part of a global economy where recessions and depressions affect federal revenue to South Carolina, failing to listen to eight years of Gov Sanford’s pleas to pay SC’s debt, mismanaging state revenues falls squarely on the General Assembly in particular those who have been in office 12 years or more. The problems at SCDSS and in the General Assembly squarely falls on the shoulders of a misinformed, biased, opinionated, citizenry…YOU!

junior justice June 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Well….. then where did Koller get the funds to pay those extremely knowledgeable, efficient, caring and hard-working mavens she hired?

john June 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

She got the money by reducing case manger pay bad from $29580 to $25,580. That where she got it from. This woman and her time made children sign them self out of dss care because they could not be adapted at age 18 and they promise those children things and never delivered. They lied about the numbers and was got doing so when the senate sub committee chair received another report showing this.

Larry Bishop June 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

You are full of shit and so is Haley.

namelessperson July 17, 2014 at 6:48 am

clearly tommy boy has an iq of 110…dumb@$$

The Sizzling Skillet June 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

My bet is that the big-shot dregs still laying low at DHEC are praying that Templeton is sent to clean up DSS before her attention turns to them. There are not just a few of them left, that’s for sure.

Judith June 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Before you Democrats so too cocky, I should have my treatise ready soon showing you Democrats killed more children during Gov. Hodges’ administration than during Sanford and Haley’s combined. This situation has been going on ESPECIALLY in Richland County for decades. There is a culture within DSS that a village has been raising children just fine for hundreds of years and that’s okay. Judge Bill Byers nearly ruined his own health trying to get a “paradigm shift” overhaul at DSS such that children could be placed for adoption instead of just languishing in the system.

Additionally, more do-nuts and all you can eat buffets money was spent by the RCDSS “social workers” than any other 32 state government workers in one department in this state – Education Department building on Senate Street included.

john June 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Lies and more lies….12 years of Republican party bull shit. Be careful about what you ask for Reducing government spending. ..Republican party.

nitrat June 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Well, you certainly have explained why SLED is sitting on 400+ uncompleted child death investigations.
And, why the Child Fatalities Review system, under SLED’s purview, doesn’t provide any information.
If you don’t have any real numbers, you can’t tell what’s happening.

Vote Haley out June 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

How much more bullshit are people going to put up with from Haley? When will it be enough?

mark June 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

I am sure that Vincent would like the mansion fumigated before he moves in.

Bumpkin June 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I wonder if the cute little girl in Koller’s lap one of the now-deceased wards of DSS.

Centrist View June 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply
euwe max June 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Is that a gang sign she’s throwing, or is that something she picked up at a Kiss concert?

Colonel Angus June 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm

I wonder if Governor Nikki is gonna hire herself another female for her cabinet.

junior justice June 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Yes, because she is intimidated by males.

It Happens June 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

They are advertising for six attorneys-thought they needed social workers!


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