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IA Gov. Fires IDAS Director Over Secret Settlements

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The director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has been fired after a former employee's attorney forwarded to lawmakers emails that clearly show the state paid money to the woman for secrecy.

Mike Carroll, who was appointed by Branstad in 2011, told lawmakers last week the testimony of former employees was untrue and no settlement agreements included money for silence. Branstad had stood behind Carroll.

Branstad released thefollowing statement:

"DirectorCarroll told me that employees were not paid an additional amount in exchangefor confidentiality provisions. In light of recent developments, I learned theinformation presented to me by Director Carroll was not accurate. I am deeplytroubled and disappointed by this. As I stated at my press conference Monday,if I learned of new information there would be harsh consequences.

"Iterminated Director Carroll today because new facts directly contradict what hetold me and what he stated before the Government Oversight Committee. This isunacceptable.

"Confidentialityprovisions in personnel settlements should have never been used. The use ofsuch provisions was wrong. Taxpayer dollars should have never been used inrelation to confidentiality provisions.

"Thecitizens of Iowa deserve a government as open and honest as them.Confidentiality provisions run contrary to my priority of an open andtransparent government."

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