Branstad Says Agency Shouldn’t Have Miscounted Number of Confidential Settlements

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad says he is surprised that a key state agency failed to find all settlements with former state employees that included confidentiality clauses.

The audit that came out last week revealed there were 42 settlements with those agreements. That’s 11 more than originally thought.

The Department of Administrative Services say some were overlooked due to the transition between paper documents and electronic storage.

“Unfortunately they didn’t have a good tracking system and my staff went on the info they were supplied and it wasn’t accurate. And that’s the thing we are going to correct. This is something that should not happen,” says Branstad.

The Department of Administrative Services is working with the state auditor to set up a tracking system.

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