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Medicaid Manager gets 25 percent raise after $237,500 in overtime - update

The Medicaid manager who made $237,500 in overtime over the last four years recently received a 25 percent raise.
Angie Sligh, the Medicaid Management Information System director, is now being paid an annual salary of $134,944, according to DHHS spokesman Brad Deen. State personnel records regularly obtained by The News & Observer show that her salary was listed as $107,944 on January 11, 2013.
Sligh received the raise as the State Auditor was wrapping up an investigation into overtime payments of $580,000 to Health and Human Services employees who don't normally qualify for overtime.
Most of the overtime went to managers and executive-level job-holders working on the new Medicaid billing system. Sligh, who leads the office working on the new system, received 40 percent of the overtime. There was no written authorization for the overtime payments.
The audit said that the overtime payments ended Jan. 31, 2013.
The Medicaid system has racked up huge cost overruns while running years behind schedule. The system was was supposed to be working in mid-2011. The audit was one of several state audits in the last two years critical of DHHS computer systems and their management.
Sligh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Deen, the spokesman, said the raise was approved within the department under the previous administration. Deen said he could not answer any other questions, including what role, if any, was played by Sligh's boss, Assistant Secretary for Finance Dan Stewart, who retired last month.

AT&T workers seek $1 billion in unpaid overtime

A federal judge said today that potentially thousands of former BellSouth field workers can sue the telecommunications company for an estimated $1 billion in unpaid overtime.

The suing workers say that until 2007, BellSouth field managers were paid overtime if they worked more than 40 hours a week. But after AT&T bought BellSouth in September of that year, the overtime payments were stopped, even though the field managers were required to work as much as 70 hours a week.

Chief U.S. District Judge Julie Carnes in Atlanta classified the case as a class action, opening up the overtime claims to all potentially affected workers in the Southeast, including hundreds of workers in North Carolina.

The workers could be owed more than $100,000, said Steven Wittels, the New York lawyer handling the case.


Overtime overpaid, audit finds; Deputy Chief on leave until retirement

DURHAM -- A city audit has found at least $60,000 in overtime paid to a Durham police officer "was not justifiable or reasonable" and that lax oversight by department officials contributed to the abuse.

Deputy Chief B.J. Council, who signed off on the overtime, will retire as of Dec. 31, Police Chief Jose Lopez said this afternoon. Beginning Monday, Council will be on personal leave until the end of the year. She is a 31-year veteran of the Durham police, Lopez said.

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