Friday, December 05, 2008

DispatchPolitics : Worker says 'Joe the Plumber' cover-up was forced upon her Columbus Dispatch Politics

The state worker who unwittingly ran an improper child-support check on the man known as Joe the Plumber told lawmakers yesterday that a deputy director later "dictated" how she was supposed to cover it up. Vanessa Niekamp an administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Child Support and a 15-year state employee said that when Deputy Director Doug Thompson came into her office "He appeared very upset his neck was bright red and he was shaking. He closed my door." Thompson told her she must write an e-mail to the agency s information-security officer and then 'dictated word for word' what she wrote Niekamp said. He also reminded her that she could be fired at any time she said.


"Both Doug and Carri can access the (child-support) system and could have accessed a file without my involvement," Niekamp said. "To this day, I do not understand why they asked me to look at this information when they could have easily done this themselves."

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