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Editorial: DHHS should reform, not spin

Posted By Rob Schofield On November 8, 2013 @ 6:50 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The Winston-Salem Journal hits the nail on the head this morning [1]:

“When efficient organizations make a mistake, they fix it.

When dysfunctional organizations like the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services make repeated mistakes, they assign more public- relations people.”

The editorial then goes on to detail some of the troubled agency’s myriad problems under embattled Secretary Aldona Wos — with computer systems, bizarre decisions during the federal shutdown, personnel issues, less-than-candid responses to lawmakers and the state Auditor and its misguided Medicaid privatization efforts.
It concludes this way:

“Rather than fix her controversies-of-the-month, Wos is putting more public relations people in place, moving them from other areas in DHHS but not giving details on where they’re coming from or what their salaries are. Journal reporter Richard Craver reported this week, based on documents secured by N.C. Policy Watch, that one of those highly paid recent college grads, Ricky Diaz, penned an internal memo outlining that there will soon be a staff of 24 in the public relations section he heads.

Diaz, who is paid $85,000 annually to lead DHHS’s PR, “declined to answer questions about the cost of the salaries to fill the six vacant jobs and the communications office’s overall payroll,” Craver reported.”

So they’re expanding communications but can’t answer simple questions?

DHHS officials say they’re just following state law and policies on new hires and salaries for vacant positions, but they won’t say which of those positions are state-exempt ones.

Rather than expand her department’s flack corps, Wos should be fixing DHHS’s operations. As other critics have indicated, North Carolina needs more reform and less spin from her department.”

Amen.

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here [1].

 


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