“Hush Money” Investigated

“Hush Money” Investigated

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Two top managers in the Iowa Department of Administrative Services testified before legislators for nearly two hours Monday afternoon, promising by the end of the week to provide an analysis of the salary savings in their agency from a reorganization initiated more than 32 months ago. Senator Sandy Greiner, a Republican from Washington, Iowa, also asked for the actual savings from having private companies rather than the team of laid-off state employees oversee state construction projects.

Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, says he’s uncovered documents which show the agency improperly dipped into a pool of federal funds to cover the exit settlement for one of the laid-off workers.

A spokesman for the Department of Administrative Services says the agency covered a laid off employee’s nearly 71-thousand dollar confidential settlement with interest earned on the energy fund as well as payments made to the agency by units of state and local government that got money from the energy program. The Legislature’s Oversight Committee will meet again today (Tuesday) to discuss these and other issues.

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