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West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer will resign from his position earlier than expected.

Longtime State Auditor Glen Gainer announced Thursday he will be stepping down from his position on May 14 to take a job with a Virginia-based nonprofit group.

Senators approve a bill to drug test welfare recipients, but are still struggling with one that would increase campaign contribution limits. The Senate's Judiciary Chairman discusses changes to the bill he says may prevent its passage.

Also, state Auditor Glen Gainer discusses the latest on a state computer operating system lawmakers threatened to delay.

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After a legislative audit showed a new pay system would cost the state tens of millions of dollars in unintentional pay raises, West Virginia lawmakers are assessing what -- if anything -- they can do to stop it. 

Last month, Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred told members of the Post Audits Subcommittee the transition from semi-monthly to bi-weekly pay under the new West Virginia OASIS system will result in more than $50 million in additional pay for salaried employees over the next ten years.

The unintentional increase is the result of a computing error, dividing salaries by the new 26 pay period rather than the previous 24. Legislative Auditor Allred is now telling lawmakers he believes the conversion rate is illegal.

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A legislative review of the state’s new employee pay schedule found the state will be paying an additional $50 million over the next ten years to salaried employees because of a computing error.

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A change in pay periods for state employees has prompted grievances from workers who say they won't receive their full salaries during the switchover.

The state began switching pay periods in June from twice monthly to biweekly. Pay periods will increase from 24 to 26.

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Lawmakers were updated today on the security measures the state is taking to protect employee information in the OASIS system. 

WVOASIS stands for Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. The computer software system is designed to integrate all functions of state government into one and has been rolled out in phases since 2013.

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The director of WVOASIS, West Virginia's new integrated software platform, told lawmakers the fourth phase of the system will be delayed by at least three months after testing did not meet the required milestones. The opening of an expeditionary learning school in Huntington will also be delayed as crews work to renovate an old middle school into a facility equiped for a new style of learning.

The Appalachian Queer Film Festival begins this weekend in Lewisburg and it's director says it's okay to use that word.  

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Lawmakers were updated Wednesday on the roll out process of the state's new software system designed to integrate almost every function in government. 

The first phase of WVOASIS, or 'Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems, was implemented in August of 2013. It's latest phase took effect July of this year, but wasn't necessarily the smooth transition many state officials had hoped for.

You may have heard about the state’s HUGE computer project, to change over to a new system called OASIS.

Well, this is the story about how that changeover almost prevented some of our employees from getting the right paycheck – and two of our employees who single-handedly prevented that from happening.

One employee even left the hospital where her grandchild was being born to fix the problem!

For these reasons, Jane Smith and Kristi Crouch are the winners of our Storyteller Award for the month of July.

West Virginia Morning
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Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business but, unless you're a state employee that handles business procedures, it’s a change you likely won’t even notice. Two friends--one  in Johnson City, Tennessee and the other in Dickinson County, Virginia--are hoping to make a documentary showing a truer side of the Appalachian Region.

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Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business, but it’s a change you likely won’t even notice.

West Virginia is rolling out its third phase of OASIS, Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. It’s software that integrates a majority of the business state government conducts, but it’s not necessarily that simple.

A company involved in the problematic federal health care exchange website has a contract to design a system to manage West Virginia state government accounts.
 
     CGI Group subsidiary CGI Federal is the developer of the complex U.S. government website that's been hit by technical problems, resulting in long waits for Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.