State and federal law enforcement are investigating threats made against the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling sent an email Wednesday to employees, saying the agency had received a message "containing threatening language."
She said law enforcement was notified immediately and is taking appropriate steps to protect DHHR employees and the public, but asked employees to report any "questionable activity" to their supervisor.
Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Service, said threats to the DHHR are "not unheard of."
"By the nature of the services the department provides, they can encounter situations where there are hot tempers. Challenging situations arise," he said.
DHHR officials referred reporters to Messina for comment on the threats. Messina would not discuss the details of the message Wednesday afternoon.
"We're being very careful about what we say about the message because we don't want to stumble into the way of law enforcement," he said.