Source of Iowa’s secret settlement money revealed

Secret settlements to former state employees were paid from accounts that are supposed to cover construction management costs, efforts to make government buildings energy efficient and general operations, newly disclosed state records show. Meanwhile, another batch of records made public this week shows that former Gov. Chet Culver’s administration also engaged in secret settlement deals, albeit fewer than the number signed by Gov. Terry Branstad’s staff the past three years.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: April 2, 2014

Iowa’s secret settlements to be discussed in closed meetings

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds used the word “transparent” or “transparency” five times in answering questions about secret settlements made to former government employees. She told reporters the administration would appoint a work group to “perform a comprehensive review of the process.” Less than 24 hours later, Jimmy Centers, spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, said the work group will meet behind closed doors.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 20, 2014

State makes secret payouts to ex-workers

The state of Iowa has paid more than $282,000 over the past three years in secret settlement deals with six former employees, most of whom claimed their jobs were eliminated because they have Democratic ties. All were asked to sign confidentiality agreements that would have kept the settlements out of public view.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 18, 2014