Earlier this year, Fucillo became the head of DHHR's Bureau of Children and Families, which administers most of the state's welfare programs. He was allowed to have a flexible schedule that did not require him to be in Charleston five days a week. The state also paid him several thousand dollars for his commute between a Clarksburg-area office near his home and Charleston.
Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said that "initial arrangement" was between Fucillo and then-DHHR Secretary Michael Lewis.
After Lewis stepped down because of health problems, Tomblin picked Fucillo to lead the agency.
The flexible schedule continued.
"This administration, because of the unfortunate departure of Secretary Lewis, allowed the flexibility (for) now-Secretary Fucillo to be based in North Central," Goodwin said on Friday, referring to the Clarksburg area.
However, she said Fucillo had "clear direction" that he was to be in Charleston "when his physical presence was needed."
On Friday, Fucillo and a DHHR spokeswoman were asked why the secretary sought and accepted a work schedule he had previously been told was not appropriate.
They were asked how often Fucillo is in the office each week. They were also asked about a report that Fucillo received travel reimbursements in 2009 and why they stopped.
In response, Fucillo sent a statement through a spokeswoman that did not answer any of those questions.
"As DHHR secretary, it is my job to provide leadership to our approximately 6,000 employees who work in 54 of the 55 counties in the state," Fucillo said through the spokeswoman.
"We provide much needed, public health and human services to improve the quality of life of every citizen of West Virginia. This responsibility takes me all over the state, whether to Kanawha or Raleigh; McDowell or Marion counties, as we help WV families thrive and grow. As the father of my own family, I understand the importance of this effort, and am available wherever I am needed to support the important work of DHHR."
But, regarding the report about 2009 travel reimbursements and why they stopped, Fucillo recently told WCHS-TV there was a change in Manchin administration policy.
"At that point I thought it was no longer appropriate for me since the change in policy to bill, so I made the determination myself not to bill anymore. And didn't. And that was the end of it," Fucillo said, according to a transcript of the interview. "Never had any discussion with anybody in the Manchin administration about my travel."
On Sunday, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that when Fucillo works out of the Clarksburg-area office, his administrative assistant still has to commute regularly from Charleston on the state's dime.