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The $37,000 paid out to N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos’ chief of staff may be in violation of the state constitution which bars any public employees from receiving money for anything but “public service,” according to a report from a Raleigh television station.

ThomasAdamsWRAL had this report Thursday about the questionable legality of the $37,000 payment to Thomas Adams, Wos’ chief of staff who worked only a month before leaving his state job.

N.C. Policy Watch was the first to uncover details about Adam’s settlement (click here), which Wos later called a “separation” agreement in a legislative hearing last week, and obtained records of the settlement through a public records request.

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Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos has a busy day planned for tomorrow, with back-to-back meetings with lawmakers who want to ask her about issues that have earned her, and her department, plenty of criticism and negative attention in recent months.

Below are the agendas for the two legislative oversight meetings. The first deals with the technology issues the department had with its troubled food stamp delivery system (NC FAST) and Medicaid payment billing system (NC TRACKS.) (Read these Associated Press stories on the food stamp and Medicaid billing problems for background.)

The afternoon meeting, beginning at 1 p.m., will dig into the $22,500 and $23,000 raises she gave to two 24-year-old members of her staff and high-dollar personal contracts that have awarded at DHHS. It’s likely Wos will be asked as well about a $37,000 severance settlement that she made with her former chief of staff Tom Adams,  who only worked for a month in the political-appointment job.

The agendas are below, and audio of the afternoon hearing will be broadcast here. It’s likely that WRAL or other media will have live steaming of the meeting as well. We’ll update this post once we find out.

Morning agenda:

DHHSleg2 by NC Policy Watch

Afternoon agenda:

 

DHHSleg1 by NC Policy Watch