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35% and 37% pay raises at DHHS? $80,000-plus for 24-year-olds?

As Under the Dome reported today, there's been some movement among staff members at the state DHHS. The Progressive Pulse dug a little deeper and tells us that those changes came with some hefty pay raises:

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos gave some very big raises to at least two members of her leadership team.

Ricky Diaz, Wos’ communications director, and Matthew McKillip, her chief policy adviser, got April pay bumps of $23,000 and $22,500, respectively.

Diaz now makes $85,000 a year and McKillip makes $87,500, according to state employee salary information maintained on databases by with the Charlotte Observer and News & Observer.

Both are 24, two years out of college and came to DHHS after working for Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign and transition teams.

Read the rest of the Progressive Pulse post here

Biggest state contract behind bigtime

The biggest single state contract in North Carolina is behind schedule and over budget. The Medicaid claims system is two years behind and $200 million over the original contract signed in 2008.

North Raleigh office complex for sale

Six Forks Square, a 155,000 square-foot office complex in North Raleigh that is currently leased by the state, is on the market.

Savills, an international real estate services firm, said today it has been retained as an advisor for the sale.
Six Forks Square is near the corner of Six Forks and Millbrook Road. It includes three buildings, a four-story building and two three-story buildings, on a seven-acre tract.
The complex is entirely leased by the state Department of Health and Human Services through 2017. DHHS has been the sole occupant since February 2005, when it replaced IBM. 

This site serves as the statewide center of all DHHS activities throughout North Carolina.

RP Realty Partners of Beverly Hills bought Six Forks Square in March 2008 for $13.95 million.

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