Mat-Su Staff Play Santa to local family

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 30, 2002 - 12:26pm

Another year, another inspiring holiday gesture from the staff of the Mat-Su office.

The office played Santa for a single mother with cancer. This mother has five children. Bob Morgan, the Santa delivery elf, said the children were dancing with joy as they helped haul in the colorfully wrapped packages. It was a Christmas from the heart.

Minimum Wage and Hours of Unpaid Work

Submitted by Anonymous on December 30, 2002 - 9:05am

This is a reminder to continue to use the federal minimum wage when calculating the number of hours that Temporary Assistance clients can be assigned to unpaid work such as Community Work Experience (CWE) and job sampling. While the Alaska minimum wage will increase to $7.15 an hour effective January 1, 2003, despite attempts by some members of Congress to pass legislation increasing the federal minimum wage, it remains $5.15 per hour.

New and Improved DPAweb!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 17, 2002 - 2:35pm

The DPAWeb has a new, updated look. Redesigned especially for you, the new DPAWeb is another part of our Division's ongoing efforts to use the internet to improve communication, create tools for better business processes, and support employee development.

New Commissioner of DHSS Announced

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 9, 2002 - 2:40pm

Joel Gilbertson has been appointed the new Commissioner of Health & Social Services

Born in Fairfax, VA, Joel Gilbertson has worked in a variety of positions related to health care and welfare systems, focusing on the efficient delivery of services and expanding access to underserved communities.

How to use the new DPAweb

Submitted by Clay Butcher on December 6, 2002 - 2:54pm

We welcome your comments and suggestions on the new DPAweb and how we can improve it to work best for DPA staff. E-mail Clay Butcher with your comments.

The goal of the website is to provide a portal for DPA staff to reach the resources that they use on a regular basis, and to have an automated news function to simplify the distribution of news to DPA employees.

We have created a simple overview of the new DPAweb to get you started. Click this link to view it: How to use DPAweb.

Info on Transition

Submitted by Curtis Nelson on December 4, 2002 - 2:50pm

Here's some information on the transition from the Knowles
administration to that of Governor Murkowski. As you all know, Governor Murkowski and Lt. Governor Leman were sworn in to office on Monday noon. Here's some information about what's happening so far in our Department: