The Winston-Salem Journal doesn’t mince words in its Thursday morning editorial calling on DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos to apologize for her department’s efforts to cast the blame of recent food stamp distribution problems on county-level workers. The editorial board writes:
Aldona Wos, state secretary of health and human services, owes an apology to every social services worker in the state after she and her underlings incorrectly blamed them for this summer’s breakdown in the food stamp approval.
When NC FAST, the state’s computer system for social services, went online with new software on July 15, the application process sputtered like a car running on tainted fuel. Computer screens in county offices locked up, their screens went blank and they often lost data already entered.
Wos and her staff repeatedly blamed the counties, saying they had failed to properly train for the long-anticipated software rollout and that they did not employ enough workers.
In the meantime, almost 70,000 North Carolinians who needed food stamps were not getting them, and the county workers who could not make the systems work were getting the blame, both from the citizens and from Raleigh.
It was unfair behavior on the part of Wos and her minions. Read More…