2013-11-21 / Local & State

Welfare Chief Apologizes For Worker Pay Delays

By Peter Jackson

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s public welfare secretary is apologizing for paycheck disruptions for many home care workers who help the disabled in the wake of a scathing report by the state auditor general that blames the problems on mismanagement by her department.

In a written response to the audit report Thursday, Secretary Beverly Mackereth said the department was forced to consolidated payroll services previously provided by 36 vendors because of lax monitoring that predated the Corbett administration.

Mackereth says the new single-vendor system is running smoothly and timesheets are paid within two weeks, despite disruptions in workers’ paychecks early this year.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the switch to a single vendor, Boston-based PCG Public Partnership LLC, put unnecessary financial strain on workers and frightened many of the people they care for.

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