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SCDSS “Problem Bureaucrat” Update

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AGENCY RESPONDS TO OUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

Two months ago this website published a pair of reports on a senior, county-level bureaucrat employed not once but twice by the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – the second time despite “serious allegations” of impropriety being leveled against her.

In case you missed our reporting on this story back in September, click here and here.

The bureaucrat – Lois Richter – led the agency’s Charleston, S.C. office for a little over a year beginning in early 2014.  In June of this year she was hired to lead the agency’s Beaufort, S.C. office.

That decision has enraged several lawmakers familiar with the situation … including some who have been working to hold the agency accountable in the past.

In an effort to learn more about the allegations that reportedly ran Richter out of the Holy City, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to SCDSS.  That inquiry was sent last month, and earlier this month we received responses from the agency.

Did we get all the information we sought?  No.

To the agency’s credit, though, its administration responded professionally – within the time frame prescribed by law.  Most importantly, it cited which information it was authorized to release and which information it claimed it was legally prohibited from providing.  That’s a fair response – even more so considering this website has been slapping SCDSS around for the better part of the last four years.

Anyway, we’re in the process of reviewing the information provided by the agency with our attorneys.  Once that’s done, we’ll be sure to let you know what we uncovered about this “problem bureaucrat.”

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