KDP Weekly Rundown #23

Friday, August 23, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. 

KANSAS READING ROADMAP

  • What’s happening?

Governor Laura Kelly’s administration cut ties with Hysell & Wagner LLC, the company that operates the Kansas Reading Roadmap, last week. A 2017 audit found that the company received nearly $2.3 million in incorrect payments in 2014 and 2015. Further investigation by the Department for Children and Families found additional concerns with excessive payments to company executives, multiple cross-country trips funded by the grant money, and administrative costs that violated the grant agreement. DCF said it will directly fund Reading Roadmap schools during this new academic year.

NEW CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Kelly named Kansas Department of Administration Secretary DeAngela Burns-Wallace the state’s new Chief Information Technology Officer. “Our state’s computer systems are vulnerable to both domestic and international security threats. Secretary Burns-Wallace understands these threats and will ensure that our state’s infrastructure is prepared to handle them and keep Kansans’ information secure,” Kelly said. Burns-Wallace will complete these duties in addition to her work with the Department of Administration.

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