DOCUMENTS RELEASED: Vilsack Confidentiality Agreements

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We now know Governor Vilsack’s administration, in addition to Governor Culver and Governor Branstad’s administrations, used confidential agreements to dismiss state workers.

The claim was revealed during oversight hearings Thursday at the statehouse.

When asked about the settlements, the current US Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor said it wasn’t something he was aware of during a taping of IPTV’s Iowa Press.

Today, the Department of Administrative Services sent Channel 13 five dismissal documents with confidentiality clauses.

Each is dated during Vilsack’s tenure which ran from 1999 to 2007.

“I can tell you there was no money paid in my administration to keep anyone quiet, no reason for people to keep settlements secret in terms of removing people for political concerns instead of bona fide reasons,” Vilsack said on Iowa Press. “So I think there are a lot of questions that are going to be answered.”

Governor Branstad denies knowing about the 24 confidentiality agreements during his current administration.

Click to read the confidential agreements during former governor Tom Vilsack’s administration here.


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