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  • superman Feb 15, 7:53 p.m.

    How about not saying she has taken steps to improve accountability. How saying this person is no longer employeed and she cant discuss personnel matters. Dishonest people need to be unemployed. If Wos cant handle the heat--please get out of the kitchen.

  • jackal10782 Feb 15, 5:26 p.m.

    skmedlin79 there is a method to their madness. They make you fill out all the duplicate forms hoping you will make a mistake. Once you make an error they deny all of your benefits, hoping you will just go away. It's been that way for years.

  • skmedlin79 Feb 15, 4:52 p.m.

    Is this not crazy! Part of the "system problem" is in most counties in NC they do everything by hand and want little data entry that is done is not entered into any type of common database where current information could be obtained. Example if you fill out something for food stamps and then apply for Medicaid or Energy Assistance you have re-submit everything over and over even if its the same. In the office I was in today they don't even have one folder for each family where its all filed together. They even make you go back into the waiting room and wait again for the next thing you need, no one is cross trained... I think the system is definitely BROKEN. Think of all the computers and software that could have been bought & new jobs they could have created with what they paid out in Overtime "by accident". Anyways, that's my two cents...

  • ripetomatoes Feb 15, 4:37 p.m.

    Fire them.

  • jackal10782 Feb 15, 4:20 p.m.

    When something wrong has been found regardless of the method action should be taken. I don't think medicaid is over budget because of helping the poor. Medicaid is over budget because the money is spent before any benefits are paid.

  • dadfirst Feb 15, 4:00 p.m.

    HA.... You all missed it. Angie Sligh was given a raise to make sure when the overtime ended she got a higher base. 25% raise. Who kept that lady on the failed projects...at high pay...Lanier Cansler and Dan Stewart.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 15, 3:57 p.m.

    "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
    In an evolving universe, who stands still moves backwards." ~R.A. Wilson

    Take that you politically haters we are all one for If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
    - Hermann Hesse

  • hollylama Feb 15, 3:34 p.m.

    "Department officials declined to say whether any action has been taken against Sligh or any of the other employees who were paid overtime, saying the audit was about policies and procedures, not individuals."

    Sounds like government speak for not wanting to call out individuals for fear they'll spill ALL the beans.

  • hollylama Feb 15, 3:29 p.m.

    Just as a reminder the Director of the Office of Minority Health was put through the ringer for mismanagement. Double standard?

  • hollylama Feb 15, 3:26 p.m.

    Angie Sligh...don't think the name could get any more ironic than that.

  • hollylama Feb 15, 3:25 p.m.

    "However, when the citizens of the state are paying for office space why are state employyes allowed to work at home I would think this is a very inefficent use of resources."

    Don't forget those that take state vehicles home...

  • hollylama Feb 15, 3:24 p.m.

    Any question now about the $1 salary. The writing has been on the wall.

  • tigo7 Feb 15, 2:34 p.m.

    it might surprise the taxpayers to know how much inside help people get from the County offices in "helping" folks get "signed up" for medicaid benefits. Friends helping friends.

  • KermitDFrog Feb 15, 1:47 p.m.

    Throw them in prison and have them share cells with the WakeMed fraudsters. Then have them be the poster-folk for gov't fraud. Impose zero-tolerance sentencing on "upper level fraud". You'd be amazed how much the gov't would save.

  • jaydosse Feb 15, 1:35 p.m.

    Now if only Ms. Beth Wood could convince the the Honorable Roy Cooper to proceed with a criminal investigation.....mmmmm.

    Maybe the Honorable Patrick Lloyd "Pat" McCrory, will convince the AG to proceed with an in depth investigation to terminate the employment of the guilty parties.

    END CORRRUPTION NOW!!!!!!!!!

    Perhaps there may be some criminal intent or wrongdoing!! Maybe misappropriation of taxpayer money!!!

    Find the mysterious OSP person who supposedly VERBALLY approved the payout. Fire that individual and all exempt persons who dipped into the taxpayers pockets!!!

    We, the taxpayers demand retribution for the people responsible for allowing this to ever have happened. They should pay the monies back, lose their jobs and forfeit any future pension and benefit privileges.

  • djofraleigh Feb 15, 1:33 p.m.

    Woods is making medicaid administration in NC look bad (and it is) but the timing helps republicans, and she's a democrat! Can she rise above party like Cherie Berry?

    Beth Wood came in and ended the Mary Easely "over pay" audit, thinking it was political attack (and it was political buttering of the breat), pressed a republican underling to move on, and had expensive tastes in training, but has come through on others. Let's hope she does her job on all cases. She's hitting homers now with her Lori Morgan hairstyle. I like her when she is digging. She got the Alcohol enforcement on car use. Let's see how politically selective she is in her audits.

  • Terkel Feb 15, 12:40 p.m.

    "DHHS obtained verbal approval from the Office of State Personnel to pay the overtime to "regular staff" who otherwise were prohibited from receiving pay for extra hours worked, according to the audit. The agency bolstered its argument for the overtime by noting that the federal government would pick up the bulk of the costs ..."

    No one put anything in writing, so they'll all be able to say they "don't remember" approving this. What more proof do you need that they knew this was wrong? And justifying it by saying they're stealing our federal tax money as opposed to our state tax money? Fire all of them today, attach bank accounts, garnish wages, no benefits.

  • bill0 Feb 15, 11:58 a.m.

    "bill0, I AM a republican, and I did vote for her because I am glad she is going after the corruptness in this state. "

    Good for you. Unfortunately, most people are voting for party and not the person. Goldman got 1.9 million votes and 1.1 million were from people who just voted straight party ticket.

  • dontstopnow Feb 15, 11:54 a.m.

    Regretfully, this is only one of the many branches of the NC government departments that are really tainted. I have an acquaintance that is contracting with a branch of the state now, which I will not mention, and from what this person says, there is so much waste and repetitive work doing things that should not even be done that is is amazing. Not to mention the so called 'management' seems to think they are above 'being terminated' because they have 'to much dirt' on the higher ups! I think these audits need to be conducted all the way through every single branch of the NC government run areas!

  • rokmsokm99 Feb 15, 11:53 a.m.

    So that 41% came up to almost 240,000 spread out over 5 years for Sligh. Really nice bonus huh? Must be nice to be part of the "in crowd".

  • nic Feb 15, 11:51 a.m.

    As an Exempt DHHS employee I am outraged. I work overtime without compensation as many employees I work with do. If this was not approved they need to go after these employees. If it was approved they need to go after the person approving this. Either way it's corruption and abuse in a medicaid system that is already way overbudget.

  • jaydosse Feb 15, 11:46 a.m.

    Employee handbook states:

    COMPENSATORY AND OVERTIME PAY/WORK
    There are two categories of state employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): those who are subject to the overtime compensation provisions of the federal FLSA and others who are
    exempt from these provisions.
    If you are an FLSA subject employee and work more than 40 hours in a week, you will either be given time off or be paid for the overtime. Both time off and pay are at a rate of one and a half
    hours for each hour worked over 40 in a week. The state normally gives time off. Your supervisormust authorize all overtime in advance.

    The executive, administrative and professional employees who are exempt from these provisions are not paid overtime compensation but sometimes have more flexible work schedules.

  • jaydosse Feb 15, 11:12 a.m.

    As per: http://www.wral.com/nc-auditor-dhhs-improperly-paid-580k-in-overtime/12108305/

    "Sligh's current state salary is $135,000 a year, not including overtime."

    Shouldn't be too difficult to garnish her paycheck. The state does it all the time. The payroll section under the state controllers office ( BEACON ) will be happy to acomodate Angie with a payback schedule.

    A criminal investigation needs to be conducted by the AG's office!!!!

  • driverkid3 Feb 15, 10:55 a.m.

    bill0, I AM a republican, and I did vote for her because I am glad she is going after the corruptness in this state. She is the ONLY democrat I've voted for in years, and the only one I will ever vote for. She's got more family jewels that 99% of the men in this state has.

  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 15, 10:53 a.m.

    so in the same week you have a mexican restruarant in cary underpaying their employees and these people overpaying friends... one gets hauled to court and the other one gets to rip off the taxpayers and no consequences ....gotta love the cronies.

  • jaydosse Feb 15, 10:51 a.m.

    mmmmmmmm most interesting!!

    "State Sen. Andrew Brock said he discovered the bonus pay through his seat on the IT committee. When other IT employees asked for similar pay, he took a closer look at the MMIS budget.

    "It seemed like there was a special line item for bonus pay outside of our state payroll system, and according to state law we don't have bonus pay for state employees," Brock.

    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/9-investigates-are-your-tax-dollars-paying-poor-pe/nSzX3/

    Will the taxpayers ever see anyone prosecuted for this outrage???

  • driverkid3 Feb 15, 10:49 a.m.

    Nancy::::What else would explain his hands off approach to the corruption?

    The only excuse he has is that he's a democrat. He was lousy as a senator and brought that to his current job.

  • jaydosse Feb 15, 10:25 a.m.

    "Angie Sligh, the program director for the Medicaid Management Information System, or MMIS, collected 41 percent of the overtime paid out, according to the audit"
    __________________________________________________________

    Nice paycheck ya got there Angie. Close $238,000.00 overtime pay of taxpayer dollars. Certainly hope she gets FIRED and has to PAY BACK every dime.

  • Nancy Feb 15, 10:03 a.m.

    "Our new governor needs to put some teeth in these serious reports."

    If he doesn't, he's one and done I hope. We need responsibility at the top of this corruption pile Bev and Easley left behind. If he can't do it, then he doesn't deserve the job.

  • Nancy Feb 15, 10:00 a.m.

    "wheres the attorney general in all of this...Roy?????"

    He was never directed by Bev to go after any of the various audits Wood did that exposed corruption and he obviously took his direction from her. What else would explain his hands off approach to the corruption?

  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 15, 9:44 a.m.

    sounds like they need to investigate for fraud...wheres the attorney general in all of this...Roy?????

  • doser Feb 15, 9:40 a.m.

    Can someone explain how a state worker is allowed to work from home in the Raleigh area. I can understand in a remote county or if someone needs to stay home for a day or two with a sick child. However, when the citizens of the state are paying for office space why are state employyes allowed to work at home I would think this is a very inefficent use of resources. Comments are this site show that this is being abused.

  • happymom Feb 15, 9:10 a.m.

    Nancy,

    The point was that it didn't have to be mentioned. Dr. Wos is making a lot of assumptions and lumping all 14,000+ DHHS employees together in her assessments.

    Not a smart move. She's complaining about how she can't fill positions. Geez, I wonder why folks are rushing to work for someone who demeans them publicly and assumes the worst about them. Add that to the low pay and non-existent raises...

  • keymania Feb 15, 9:08 a.m.

    Ms.B. had many previous audits, but nothing became of it. Maybe it's like the Penn State Paterno findings... report to upper management (governor Perdue) and it disappears. Our new governor needs to put some teeth in these serious reports. I know of $580k we can put back into the NC revenue stream.

  • happymom Feb 15, 9:04 a.m.

    "First, she tells all DHHS employees that they need to bathe and focus on personal cleanliness."

    Sad that it even has to be mentioned, no? Obviously there is an issue with some employees? - Nancy

    Not to my knowledge. I'm not a DHHS employee, but I've worked with several in multiple divisions. Not once have I seen an issue with personal hygiene. I have heard many make reference to how insulting it was to be told this by their Secretary though. I've also heard her become the butt of jokes. With all the problems she's facing, *this* is what she chose to emphasize?

    That statement by Dr. Wos came during her address to DHHS employees when she first became Secretary. It was repeated in the infamous dress-code that was later retracted. It was insulting because it implies that all employees are slovenly.

    There's also the story of the IT tech who showed up to work on Dr. Wos's computer wearing khakis and a button-up shirt. He was told not to come back so under-dressed.

  • lessismore Feb 15, 8:54 a.m.

    Will the money be returned to the state? If not, why not?

  • bill0 Feb 15, 8:53 a.m.

    "Another fine job by Ms. B. no wonder the Republicans like her also. Sadly, her recommendation to stop this abuse falls on deaf ears. In most cases, no one is ever fired. (or is that all cases)."

    Actually, republicans voted overwhelmingly to replace Woods with debra goldman. That is a sure sign of what is wrong with politics today. The majority of republicans voted against a great auditor just because she had a D by her name.

  • Nancy Feb 15, 8:52 a.m.

    "First, she tells all DHHS employees that they need to bathe and focus on personal cleanliness."

    Sad that it even has to be mentioned, no? Obviously there is an issue with some employees?

  • happymom Feb 15, 8:33 a.m.

    Dr. Wos won't fix anything. I'm not sure yet what her agenda is, but right out of the gate her record stinks.

    First, she tells all DHHS employees that they need to bathe and focus on personal cleanliness. Then she puts out a laughable and unreasonable dress policy (really, the folks who scrub toilets for DHHS are supposed to wear chinos to work?) and blames it on the HR Director. Then she hires Lightfoot, who seems to be in the running for Wacko of the Year. Then she goes up to the Capital and complains about all the empty positions and how DHHS is short-staffed, but she leaves out how she invoked a hiring freeze when she took the position of Secretary.

    I get that there are huge problems at DMA. It would be hard to argue against that assessment. But DHHS is far more than just DMA. There are plenty of hard-working, honest employees within the various divisions that Dr. Wos is on her way toward completely demeaning and demoralizing.

    She's not someone to cheer.

  • Karmageddon Feb 15, 8:15 a.m.

    If only we had more people like Beth Wood

  • oleguy Feb 15, 5:27 a.m.

    Its time we the people took charge,, No govt would be just as good and cheaper

  • dollibug Feb 15, 12:31 a.m.

    Actually it sounds like there should be *duel control*....on each and every account to make sure that things are being properly managed....NOT MISMANAGED****

  • mewuvbb Feb 14, 11:12 p.m.

    Now this is totally messed up, no expansion, but What?? No telling how long this has been going on..riding the clock..SMFH

  • ssmithsand Feb 14, 7:21 p.m.

    I suppose those that received this money will be put on temporary leave with pay. Then after a brief in-house review, they will get their same jobs back with an unblemished record. Heck, why not give them a pay increase too while they are at it. How often do these audits come around? Sounds to me like it should be yearly. The ones responsible for taking the "extra overtime" money should lose their jobs and have to pay back every dime. But once again, this will not happen as we have a very flawed system in more ways than one!

  • sbr1963 Feb 14, 7:13 p.m.

    So everybody is trying to make a buck of Medicaid! Please fix this broken system. Start by taking those off who really don't qualify!

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 14, 7:12 p.m.

    Another fine job by Ms. B. no wonder the Republicans like her also. Sadly, her recommendation to stop this abuse falls on deaf ears. In most cases, no one is ever fired. (or is that all cases).

  • BigSteamnTurd Feb 14, 7:00 p.m.

    Jail time is called for.

  • tickedoff321 Feb 14, 6:42 p.m.

    I have been a part of a behavioral healthcare organization for years. I have watched DHHS contract with "Consulting" groups to audit provider agencies in an attempt to recoup funds, or to take money back for legitimately provided services. I have seen some providers have to pay substantial amounts back to DHHS because the hired gun consulting firm subjectively declared the services provided didn't conform to the letter of the law or in this case, the service definition (this was before providers realized they could have some or all of this overturned in the appeals process). Bottom line, right or wrong, providers had to pay money back to DHHS. Will any of these DHHS employees have to pay money back to the state? Will any of the administrators who have received kickbacks and perks working on this ridiculous MMIS computer system for years have to answer to anyone/pay money back? If you're going to go after providers go after administrators too. I'm about to become a republican!

  • oldaltar Feb 14, 6:19 p.m.

    shokkou,

    You are correct. This really goes back before Easley's time. Many have made millions. Angie is just the low hanging fruit. what I would like for Beth Woods to audit is the number of FSLA state employees across the state agencies who worked overtime and not get paid and follow th monet trial to determine who is really making the big money from this 12 year project.

  • Nancy Feb 14, 6:13 p.m.

    Beth Wood did a lot of audits during Bev's term and Bev didn't do anything with the results, I certainly hope McCrory does and the GA follows up on that efficiency standard they floated last week.

    It's time to nail it all down and clean house(s) of so many of these corrupt agency staffers.

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