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Discovery Of Unprocessed Paperwork Leads To Suspension Of Five Social Services Staffers

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Social Services commissioner has placed five staff members on administrative leave after multiple boxes of unprocessed welfare and food stamp applications, including some with voting forms, were discovered in the agency’s Hartford regional office.

DSS Commissioner Roderick Bremby said three managerial and two human resources workers are now under investigation, including the office’s former regional administrator, according to a memo he sent to the governor’s chief of staff. Bremby called the situation “disturbing.”

The memo was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The documents include unprocessed applications for assistance and “redetermination forms,” required to continue receiving public assistance. Also, some included documents requesting voter registration help.

A DSS spokesman said a low-level supervisor initially alerted office management last week about the unprocessed forms, but the commissioner’s office only learned about them “through informal channels.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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