make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

While in Wilmington, DHHS Secretary Wos refuses to answer questions about paying consultant $228,000; sends email to lawmakers

READ MORE:
wos.jpg

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Department of Health and Human Services Director Aldona Wos was in Wilmington Friday with Governor Pat McCrory to announce a new safe school task force.

While here, we wanted to follow up with her regarding a story in this morning's Raleigh News & Observer that her office paid a consultant $228,000 over eight months.

Her handlers told our reporter that we would have to e-mail the secretary our questions because she didn't have time to stay.

This afternoon, WRAL.com in Raleigh reports that the consultant, Joe Hauck, worked for Wos's husband.

According to WRAL.com, state records show the health agency paid Joe Hauck more than $228,000 for work done from February through August to advise the secretary on "strategic planning, reorganization and policy issues."

Hauck is the vice president of sales and marketing for New Breed Logistics, a High Point company for which Wos' husband, Louis DeJoy, is the chief executive

FOLLOWING IS AN EMAIL SHE SENT TO STATE LAWMAKERS FRIDAY:

From: Wos, Aldona
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2013 3:22 PM
Subject: Contracts at the Department of Health and Human Services

Senators and Representatives:

In light of recent media reports, I wanted to provide you with accurate information about contracts at the Department of Health and Human Services. Above all, these contracts are an integral part of our effort to deliver more efficient, effective services to North Carolinians and results to the taxpayers of North Carolina.

As you are no doubt aware, there were incredible deficiencies at the Department when we arrived in January. Many critical leadership positions were vacant and key individuals were within days of retirement. More alarming was that the Department had neither a plan of succession for many top-level, leadership and oversight responsibilities nor a plan to hire, retain and develop leaders to fill these critical positions. This, in a Department that:
• had no one person in charge of finances, with an $18 billion budget;
• contained a Medicaid division that had exceeded its budget by $1.4 billion over the previous 3 years;
• allowed some of the largest IT projects in state history to go woefully over budget and fall behind schedule and did not have in place a Chief Information Officer responsible for their successful launch; and
• failed to have a means of communicating with all 18,000 employees, as thousands of employees didn’t even have email accounts.

I immediately began assembling a strong leadership team and to bring in experts on contract who are working to fix these deficiencies with a sense of urgency. These experts immediately began analyzing the Department’s organizational structure, financial modeling, and operational efforts with an eye toward pinpointing failures and implementing solutions. Critical to this effort was Joe Hauck.

Joe is an accomplished leader with 35 years of executive management experience across the entire spectrum of business operations and communications disciplines. He provides solid business insight with an ability to ascertain and analyze organizational requirements, forecast goals, streamline operations, and execute new program concepts. Upon arriving at the Department, he immediately conducted an evaluation of the operations of the Department to identify key weaknesses in the existing structure. Additionally, he assisted me in restructuring and recruiting an executive team that will bring long-term efficiency and results to the Department.

Joe also undertook an in-depth examination of financial issues that have historically plagued the Department and has begun implementing corrective actions, already achieving millions in savings without compromising services. He continues to be a strong project manager and assist me with management restructuring efforts. Among his many accomplishments, he:

• Created a plan to reduce the funds expended on temporary agency workers in our psychiatric facilities by recruiting and retaining more state-employee health care professionals at competitive salaries, which will reduce vacancies in our facilities while improving the care we provide to our most vulnerable patients and is additionally estimated to save the state in excess of $1.25 million annually;
• Developed a plan to achieve $5 million in savings in payments to non-profits supported by the Department, without reducing services; and
• Expanded the Office of Internal Audit, allowing the Department to increase and improve its oversight and accountability to reduce waste and responsibly manage the hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts it oversees.

You no doubt recognize several of these efforts, as you gave us approval to execute these plans in your recent budget.

Finally, as I am sure you all have noticed, since taking office, we have placed a renewed emphasis on restoring your trust in the Department. The Department complied with previously-existing policies and procedures in executing these contracts, and as a result of them, all North Carolinians will have a better functioning and more efficient Department of Health and Human Services.

If you would like to discuss any of this information or our initiatives at greater length, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I look forward to continuing to work together to pursue reforms and initiatives that better the Department and the health of all North Carolinians.

Best Regards,
Secretary Wos

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

You missed this one

the top Dentist, 35 years tenure, lost her position after a confrontational meeting with the Secretary and senior staff. She did not seem to understand budget cuts apply to all Departments; and she did not have a plan to implement those cuts.

If you are an at will employee, you follow the Governor's lead or you could start packing for other opportunities.

SIGH...........

This is just as bizarre, stupid, and wrong as anything the Sleasley and Smiley Administrations have done.
This is so disappointing as I was Naively thinking things would be different under the GOP..........
Vog

Politicians and immorality

It's hard to decide what came first; politics or corruption. Regardless of whose in power, they all act the same. I'm deeply disappointed by the heavy handed cronyism this administration is engaged in. I really didn't expect it to be so blatant.

When I look at the pic attached to this news piece, I can just hear Aldona Wos' taunting laugh as she thinks to herself "Ha, ha, I can do whatever I want and you can't do a thing about it!" It just makes me want to (mentally, not advocating actual physical violence here) smash her right in the face and wipe off that smug smile.

This is just disgusting.

McCorruption

This administration stinks from top to bottom. "Pay-to-play" cronyism is alive and thriving under Gov. Art Pope and his puppet, little Pat. A hard rain's gonna fall next November.

Well, well, well

If Pat doesn't can this crook within a week, I'll know, clearly, where he stands.

Anyone that sends an email that long is guilty as sin.

Question; What is the difference between Ms. Wos and a Wastewater Plant worker?
Answer; Both shovel sh^% but one is legit!

Its disgusting to see yet

Its disgusting to see yet again corruption in our system..is nobody accountable for the crap they do anymore??? Are there no honest upstanding people anymore??

Someday....

The AMERICAN people will get fed up with all this garbage someday and when they do oohh boy!
With unemployment the way it is in this state and this ho bag trash can just spend that amount of taxpayer money to a company that her husband is connected to is absolutely sickening.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. No more middle America. Thank you elected leaders
and to uncle Barry for turning us into an nation of part time workers.

Corruption

"To the victor goes the spoils".

DiscustedTax Payer!

How is it that these elected officials keep getting away with stealing our money? If you spend someone else's money with no prior approval it's called stealing. When will these pieces of trash be held accountable for mis using public funds? No wonder why so many Americans are going off the grid.

But yet 150+/- children

But yet 150+/- children consult with me 8 hours a day 180 days a year, spend half of my night preparing for them the next day and I am only worth $30K. Once again, McCrory's crowd is stinking it up in Raleigh.

Yet, over the past three

Yet, over the past three years my husband has lost two different jobs due to state budget cuts. I am disabled, yet I work part-time. We are living on very meager funds at the moment. So, please tell us again how bad you have it?

What's your point?

What's your point?

Pay to Play!

Does anybody remember when Senator Phil Berger refused Continental Tires offer to buy land in Brunswick County because the land was owned by six people that were campaign supporters of then Gov. Bev Perdue. I wonder what ole Philly thinks about this little mess?

Fire Her!

This sounds like Pelosi and Watters type scam we need to fire her straight away and them too by the way!!!!!

Sure, no conflict of

Sure, no conflict of interest there. I want my money back...