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Nikki Haley Names New Social Services Director

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CLEMSON BUREAUCRAT APPOINTED TO RUN TROUBLED AGENCY

By FITSNEWS || S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has named former Clemson University bureaucrat Susan Alford as the next director of the troubled S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – assuming she can get her new nominee through the S.C. Senate.

Alford – formerly the director of The Girls Center at Clemson – will take over an agency that has been mismanaged beyond recognition, creating scandal upon scandal for the Haley administration.  In fact a recent audit of the agency’s child welfare division found glaring issues – prompting S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy to propose a major reform bill that would basically scrap the agency as it currently exists and start over from scratch.

Haley was forced to fire her first SCDSS director – Lillian Koller – back in June amid a flood of scandals, many of which were first reported by FITS.

Since Koller’s departure, things have continued to deteriorate.

On the child welfare front, a recent audit found that from 2009-2013, at least 152 “violent, unexpected, and unexplained” child fatalities took place in South Carolina that were never included in the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) database used by SCDSS.  Additionally, from FY 2010-11 through FY 2012-13, the number of children who were “screened out” by SCDSS – yet later became victims of abuse or neglect – reportedly skyrocketed by 114 percent (from 1,173 to 2,508).

Can Alford fix that?

SUSAN ALFORD

SUSAN ALFORD

What about the agency’s ongoing failure with regard to the state’s child support enforcement database?  Or its total lack of follow-through regarding a food stamp waiver touted by Haley in her so-called “war on fat?”  Will it continue its practice of making questionable consultant payments?

And what about those cooked books at its “welfare to work” program (as well as its food stamp system).

(For more on these scams, CLICK HERE).

At Clemson, Alford ran what she described as a “research hub to tackle gender-specific issues such as stereotyping, trauma, teen pregnancy, high school dropout rates and poor self-esteem.”

How’s that working out for the state?  Ummmm …

Alford will take over the agency on an acting basis beginning January 5 – pending confirmation by the S.C. Senate.

Will she win confirmation?  Ordinarily such appointments receive a rubber stamp, but Haley has alienated lawmakers on both sides of the aisle with her ongoing mismanagement of SCDSS.  That means Alford’s confirmation could quickly turn into a bloodbath …

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