DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa's workforce agency is defending herself against accusations of mismanagement, telling lawmakers that she has been trying to update and modernize operations.
Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert came before the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
During two days of hearings, a former workforce judge has said he was unfairly fired and staffers questioned why they were told to keep quiet about the agency's decision to grant unemployment benefits to people who didn't seek them earlier this year.
Wahlert, who was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad in January 2011, said there was no effort to cover up the overpayment problem, caused by a technical glitch. To the management complaints, she said some people may be having a hard time with new policies.