“VERY BROAD” REPORT ON SCANDAL-PLAGUED AGENCY COMING THIS WEEK
By FITSNews || A long-awaited audit of the scandal-ravaged S.C. Department of Social Services is expected to be released later this week, multiple sources familiar with the report tell FITS.
The audit – which has been in the agency’s hands for the better part of a month – is said to be “very broad.” That means it is likely to address not only the headline-grabbing child welfare problems at SCDSS, but other issues at the chronically mismanaged cabinet agency – perhaps including its food stamp scam, “welfare-to-work” scam and questionable consultant payments.
The audit is also expected to figure prominently in the 2014 gubernatorial election between incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley and three challengers – Democrat Vincent Sheheen, independent Republican Tom Ervin and Libertarian Steve French.
All three candidates have blasted Haley for her mishandling of the agency.
In fact things appear to be getting worse …
Requested in 2012 by S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne, the audit is expected to be released on Thursday.
Why then? Because it’s the day after the agency’s responses to the report are due to the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC). Sources tell FITS a hearing on the troubled agency led by S.C. Senators Katrina Shealy and Tom Young has been moved from Thursday to Friday of this week in anticipation of the report’s release.
In addition to answering to the audit, SCDSS officials are supposed to provide Shealy and Young’s committee with an “executive plan” to address alleged shortages of child welfare case workers at the agency.