This is not what you want to hear about a jobs program that’s supposed to be helping people.
Delays, slipshod vetting, confusion and waste plagued Georgia’s handling of $23 million in federal stimulus grants designed to put unemployed Georgians back to work, AJC writer Katie Leslie reports, citing a new state audit.
Georgia’s Department of Human Services didn’t adequately vet nearly two-thirds of the companies that received money and nearly a quarter of the individuals who were hired through the Adult Subsidized Employment Program, the audit found. More than $400,000 went to buy computer equipment, much of which wasn’t used, Leslie writes.
The first workers weren’t placed until a year after the money became available, and the program ended before Georgia had spent all its funds, Leslie reports.
Finally, DHS put more participants to work in its own operations than in any private company, Leslie writes.
DHS Commissioner Clyde Reese, who joined the department in January as part of the Deal administration, said he gave auditors unfettered access to conduct the investigation, Leslie reports. He said he’s already begun to make such changes as creating a chief financial officer within the organization to track decisions on funding, policy and procedures, Leslie writes.
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In other media:
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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