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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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10 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

June 17th, 2011
6:27 am

DHS ” Put more to work in its own operations than any private company ” typical gov’t progarm… Gov’t is the problem !!!! Can’t create jobs if this administration is anti business… shut down the new Boeing plant in S.C. ?? are you kidding me !!! Unions and Lawyers are the devil’s brew !! socialism doesn’t work !!

President Barack Obama

June 17th, 2011
7:12 am

Don’t worry I will save the day. I have a list of shovel ready projects that I will fund with stimulus money.

Destin Dawg

June 17th, 2011
7:53 am

President Obama… what socialists and ( community organizers ) don’t understand you will eventually run out of other people’s $$$$ money… you and none of your administration have any real world business experience !!

Fletch

June 17th, 2011
8:32 am

Interesting, the article is about the GEORGIA Department of Human Resources misuse of the funds given to GEORGIA to assist people in GEORGIA getting back to work. And yet the sheep come right out with their Obama bleets.

I’m not a fan of Obama, and the last time I voted was for GW’s 1st term, but seriously,you people do realize that not EVERYTHING can be blamed on Obama right? What do you do when you get stuck in traffic, bitch about how Obama made you buy a house 20 miles from work?

Destin Dawg

June 17th, 2011
10:57 am

Fletch… Its Public Gov’t Vs. Private sector enterprise….. State Gov’t as bad or worse than Feds… not Obama’s fault.. But he’s is NOT the solution.. still at War.. Afhganistan is Unwinable…. $pending Huge… not business friendly with Taxes, regulations and Labor Unions !

James

June 17th, 2011
11:18 am

So very typical. Politicians who hate government intentionally fill key positions with incompetent staffers. When everything falls to hell, they can then go, “SEE? Government is the problem!!”

Fletch

June 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

DD and James, I do agree that Govt. needs to be re-tooled to act more in the interest of the country rather than the political base. However, the article was about the mishandeling of funds by a state entity at the state level. I have no problem railing about the government, but the ‘it’s Obamas fault” mantra is wearing thin, and isn’t even relevant to the issue at hand.

waste

June 17th, 2011
3:38 pm

the government’s wasting millions in taxpayer money? surely, you can’t be serious.

James

June 17th, 2011
3:46 pm

Fletch: I never mentioned President Obama, and I do not blame him for this one.

I place the blame for this egregious mismanagement of taxpayer dollars squarely on the shoulders of the anti-government Conservatives who run the State of Georgia. This shameful catastrophe happened on Nathan Deal’s watch, and he should be held accountable for staffing the DHS with political cronies, hacks and incompetents — and allowing the DHS to be underfunded, to boot.

Destin Dawg

June 18th, 2011
7:29 am

” political cronies, hacks, and incompetents ” in Gov’t ??? really ???? That’s not just a conservative issue !! that’s all Gov’t… programs wasting Billion$… The private sector MUST be incentivized to create REAL jobs !!