Troopers sealed off the headquarters of Iowa’s troubled state jobs agency Thursday and searched two garbage bins after an employee was spotted dumping papers from the office, reports the Associated Press. The agency’s director and deputy director had been ousted the previous day, following a scathing audit that questioned the agency’s oversight of federal funds.
An anonymous caller tipped state officials to the woman’s activities, and they called Capitol police. By the time the interim agency chief David Neil confronted her at a garbage bin near the building about 7 a.m., she was surrounded by authorities. “I asked her what she was doing, and she said she couldn’t sleep and she came in to throw away old records,” he said. Gene Meyer, director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said state troopers and special agents had secured the offices to safeguard the agency’s records and had seized some records and computers.