In DHHS’ latest crisis, McCrory defends Wos while food stamps funding in limbo

We first reported Thursday on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s warning that it may yank or suspend some of the funding North Carolina receives to distribute food stamps.

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

The agency wrote a previously-undisclosed letter (click here) in December to Health and Human Services Secretary Wos in December telling her the continual delay of food stamps was “unacceptable” and a “serious failure.” The federal agency has “grave concern for the low income people of North Carolina.”

News of the letter went beyond North Carolina Friday, with the Washington Post picking up on it.

Since then, the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus (who first discovered and revealed the Dec. 11 letter outlining the federal governments concerns) held press conferences around the state Friday calling for Wos to step down.

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But Gov. Pat McCrory continues to be steadfast in his support of Wos, a Greensboro doctor and fundraiser for McCrory during his campaign, according to the (Raleigh) News & Observer.

“The governor has confidence that Secretary Wos and her team are working hard to ensure that those who need benefits receive benefits,” spokesman Ryan Tronovitch wrote in a statement to the newspaper. “Another gimmicky press scheme from the extreme left won’t help solve the problem.”

Finally, a DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry acknowledged to Raleigh TV station WRAL that the problems with N.C. FAST, the computer system that has caused the delays and problems, are getting worse not better.

From WRAL:

But on Friday, DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry acknowledged the increased number of overdue cases, thousands of which have been pending for more than four months (Friday afternoon, Henry said the NC FAST team had discovered 2,300 duplicates among cases that had been pending for more than 120 days).

“It’s not getting better,” Henry said. “We recognize it’s not improving. That’s why we are continuing to work with our county partners to offer some kind of relief so they can get these cases processed.”


On Tuesday, HHS leaders will find themselves back in front of a legislative oversight committee to answer questions about the ongoing problems at DHHS.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    January 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    He is definitely doing the right thing. The woman has taken on a herculean job of cleaning up decades of incompetence and mismanagement. As jlp says we need to give her time vs. nitpicking on every thing that comes around and give them a chance to clean it up. This computer system has been in flux for more than a decade, and the pulse never henpecked the previous DHHS heads….but that would not fit the Blueprint narrative to eviscerate your target.

  2. gregflynn

    January 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

  3. ML

    January 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Maybe LSD isn’t a civitas intern but good ole pat mcrory? Sure sounds exactly like him. Actually I guess they’re probably about the same thing…

  4. Alan

    January 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Yet LSD et al continue to evicerate the ACA. Up is Down, Down is Up.

  5. Skeptic

    January 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    It’s like some commenter on the N&O said. She must have something on him. My guess is nude pictures or something like that. Fundraising just can’t inspire you to take this much heat for somebody,esp. with AFP on your side.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    January 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I am not Pat, but I did attend the same college at one point. So we’ve got that connection.

  7. […] Pat McCrory has reiterated his support for Wos, telling media that Wos took over a department that had been in disarray under […]

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