[tabi] Fw: chanel 6 news Blind Services Shake Up: Four Gone, Two Suspended

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Blind Services Shake Up: Four Gone, Two Suspended
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Tallahassee, FL - There's been a major shake up at Florida's Division Blind 
Services.
Two people have been fired, two others including DBS Director Joyce Hildreth, 
have
resigned and two more employees have been suspended.
The division is part of the state's Department of Education.
A new report from that agency's Inspector General concludes Blind Services 
Information
Technology Supervisor Paul Harbin deliberately procured a contract for one of 
his
employees, Caroline McManus.
The plan was for McManus to resign her $59,000 dollar a year job at Blind 
Services
and then do the same job as a contract employee through her company for $156,000
per year.
The report shows Blind Services Director Joyce Hildreth ultimately approved the 
plan.
Hildreth told investigators she asked Harbin to get clearance for the contract 
from
Human Resources, Labor Relations and the General Counsel.
Harbin later told Hildreth the contract was approved by all those sources.
Hildreth told investigators because of what Harbin said, she saw no reason to 
stop
the contract.
However, the report notes McManus' business was not listed in the contract as a 
pre-approved
vendor as required by Florida's Department of Education.
The contract was terminated prior to its execution, so no taxpayer funds were 
spent
on it.
The Inspector General in the report recommends Blind Services take corrective 
action
against Harbin.
Harbin has been fired.
McManus is no longer with Blind Services.
The report says a similar accusation claiming another Department of Education 
employee
resigned his job and came back to work as a contract employee is under 
investigation.

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