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Nationwide mismanagement of Job Corps calls for action!

Audit Reports of Job Corps from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

The following link will take you to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OIG) website.  You will find audit reports where Job Corps Centers and Job Corps Contractors did not follow required policy procedures in the areas of awarding sub contracts to vendors. And, where numbers and statistics where overstated in order to bring the center higher in overall rankings. The very first one speaks of questionable “overstatement” of costs by MTC Corporation (Management and Training Corporation) of over one million dollars.  Take note, MTC is a name you will hear often in the audit reports for their continuing practice of “overstating” costs and erroneous records reflecting “overstated” outcomes on their reports. OIG says “this is a continuing problem.” Read the reports… Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Adams and Associates, Contractors, Department of Labor, DOL, Fraud, Improper billing, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Management and Training Corporation, number manipulation, OIG Reports, Performance, Shriver Job Corps Center, , , , , , , , ,

Replace Cleveland Job Corps With Something That Works: Editorial By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board

There have been many problems with the Cleveland Job Corps Center in Collinwood.

The Plain Dealer Editorial Board is suggesting something many of us have said for years:

“It (The Department of Labor) ought to strongly consider ditching the program and forming partnerships with local schools, community colleges and social service agencies. That’s probably true in places other than Cleveland, too. “

Alutiiq, the second Federal Contractor in the last few years was recently dismissed from managing the plagued Cleveland center.  Alutiiq, with its less than savory reputation was already a poor choice before they even stepped on center.  If one definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” why hasn’t someone woken up to the fact that Job Corps, as it exists now isn’t working?

Pleasae read the editorial here:

Filed under: Alutiiq, Cleveland Job Corps, Contractors, Department of Labor, Job Corps, , , , , , ,

Anti-Job Corps Protests at Center (2008) Iroquois Job Corps Center

Read the news article here:

Back in 2008 former employees, students, others and an attorney picketed outside the Iroquois Job Corps Center in Medina, New York.  The center is managed by ETR (Education and Training Resources).  Some of the complaints involved mismanagement by high level staff, discrimination and unfair discharge policies.

Six former employees and one student  from Iroquois had filed charges in the past against the center with the New York State Office of Human Rights and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Attorney Michael O’Keefe, representing the former plaintiffs was present at the protest. All cases were allegedly investigated” and discharged with a ruling of no probable cause. Attorney Michael O’ Keefe said:

“In my opinion Division of Human Rights did not investigate properly.”

Rhett Dallas, with corporate support from the Boston Regional Office of the Department of Labor said:

“Since ETR — Educational and Training Resources — took over the center on Jan. 1, 2005, the Iroquois Job Corps has climbed from the 117th ranked position to 40th. “When the numbers come out next week, we’re going to be higher,” Dallas said, attributing the center’s success to good management”.

In my opinion, such a meteoric rise in three short years can also be attributed to high pressure on employees to produce more, and new ways to manipulate numbers on the part of the contractors.  If we are to believe all the published newspaper reports and Office of the Inspector General’s Audit Report findings of number manipulation and fraud posted on this website and the internet it appears that something seriously has gone awry here. Shouldn’t someone have questioned what methods the center used to rise above the ranks so quickly?

Job Corps is in the business of protecting it’s image at all costs, and it is a well known fact that many Job Corps Centers have incestuous relationships with their local press and DOL authorities.  It is our hope that someday, all of Job Corps’ wrongdoing will be brought to light to the American public.  For me, having seven claimants hire an attorney and having all seven cases dismissed is a cause for suspicion and great concern.  When will someone wake up and investigate the investigators?

Filed under: Contractors, Department of Labor, DOL, Education and Training Resources (ETR), Employees, Fraud, Iroquois, Job Corps, Lawsuits, Newspaper Reports, , , , , ,

Stephen Joins Contractors, Workers Blasting Lack Of Progress Towards Job Corps Center In Manchester

Re-printed press release from the Stephen for Governor Website:

Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:55

Stephen Joins Contractors, Workers Blasting Lack Of Progress Towards Job Corps Center In Manchester

“MANCHESTER, NH- John Stephen, Republican candidate for Governor, today joined contractors and workers in calling for the federal Department of Labor to re-solicit the bid for the Job Corps Center in Manchester.  New Hampshire is currently the only state in the nation that is not moving forward on completing a Job Corps Center.  The project received approval for up to $35 million in federal funding in 2008, but stalled in November of 2009 after local contractors filed a complaint with DOL when the original solicitation included a project labor agreement (PLA) that would have excluded most New Hampshire contractors from bidding on the work.  Since then, there has been no movement to re-offer the solicitation to bid on the work.

“For the past nearly eight months, there has been no progress at all towards moving forward on bringing the Job Corps Center to Manchester,” Stephen said.  “That means for eight months that New Hampshire has not created numerous construction jobs or added millions to our economy.  If our leaders were seriously committed to doing everything possible to create jobs, it would seem that a $35 million project would be a good place to start.  We need to get this project moving again in a way that gives our local employers a fair shot at winning the work.”

Stephen said that Governor Lynch needs to take a leadership role on this issue to bring DOL and local contractors together to ensure that the project begins to move forward again.

“Governor Lynch has said he wants to do all he can to create jobs, but for the past eight months, he has be silent on an contract that could be putting hundreds of people to work today,” Stephen added.  “If the Governor really wanted to create jobs, he would be leading the charge to get the Department of Labor to re-solicit this bid in a way that gives New Hampshire contractors a chance at this work.  We need somebody who is going to take helping to bring good new jobs here and leading our economic recovery, not someone who is going to sit on the sidelines.”

Filed under: Department of Labor, Job Corps, Manchester Job Corps Center, Newspaper Reports, politics, Republican, , , ,

A Former HR Employee’s Story

“I can attest to Christopher’s allegations as a former employee in Human Resources. It was common practice to do everything possible to dismiss an employee if they were able to perceive what was really going on at the center, if they “knew too much” already, or if they weren’t personally liked by management. If management had the slightest inkling that you had them figured out, then the disciplinary inquest would begin to find flaws in your performance so that termination could be recommended. This recommendation had to be approved by the corporate office before it could be executed.

In my case, termination was recommended after I had used my temporary managerial signing authority to approve two hospital bills from an employee who had been injured on the job. This employee had initially refused to visit the local hospital emergency room, but followed the directive by his immediate manager to be evaluated. His treatment was not covered under his insurance plan or the Workman’s Compensation program that was currently in place. The first reimbursement got approved for the employee and processed without question. The second did not get processed even though I had all approval signatures and followed the same procedure as I did for the first. The Finance Manger had “noticed” this was an unusual situation after already processing the first reimbursement, and had disagreed with the employees request after the fact. He did not like me personally because I wouldn’t give his dysfunctional accountant the “special treatment” she expected. Instead of telling her to stop complaining and whining about how she didnt think I “liked her”, he blamed his inability as a manager to correctly discipline her for gossiping in the workplace on me, and was constantly looking for ways to get me into trouble. Anyway, the employee reimbursement issue was determined to be my fault.

My termination recommendation was so lame and without merit that it was obviously denied by the corporate office, but shortly before this my poor excuse for a “manager” asked me if everything was o.k. because I had been unusually quiet in the office. I’m sure she was able to sense that I had things figured out, since I wanted as little dialogue with her as possible. This same “manager” joined my health club a few weeks later. I did not attempt to engage in any contact with her on a social level, but still gave her the required “respect” of a direct report while in the workplace. I think this confirmed to her what she had originally suspected, and termination was again recommended for me after I inadvertently reported foul  language being used while attempting to accomplish a task with a nearly impossible deadline. This task was completed, but the decision was already made to proceed with termination. It was proven during a DUA hearing that there was no misconduct or willful disregard to the employer units best interest. The state of Massachusetts ruled in my favor, and I won my case.
The only positive aspect of being employed there was that the workplace was only a two minute commute, which worked out well during the 2008 gas crisis. The dental plan was also good, but I hated every second of working there. The pay scale was low, and only the employees who were “robotic” and agreed with everything management said and did were eligible for merit increases and the monthly awards that were given out. That was the price, and those were the payoffs.

The most contradictory element in all employee relations was the evaluation process. No matter how positive or “perfect” an employee’s performance was, there had to be something negative included as an “area needing improvement”. If nothing was documented in this area, the evaluation would be sent back to the reporting manager, and “something wrong” would have to be found. However, the results of the 2009 audit by the Office Of The Inspector General revealed that management was falsifying statistics and inflating numbers to continue to receive funding from Congress.

The Department Of Labor also conducted a separate investigation which revealed that hourly employees were not being compensated for working through lunch breaks, along with not being paid their legal overtime rate beyond 40 weekly hours. If overtime hours were recorded on a time card, or if a lunch break not taken, the time card would be rejected and a “correction” would be required before it could be processed for payroll. How could their “policies” regarding employee evaluations (or anything else) be respected if they were ordered by the DOL to reimburse hourly employees thousands of dollars in overtime back pay (some employees received in excess of $2,000.00), and their false reporting resulted in reprimands from the OIG and fines of over $14,000.00?”

Filed under: Department of Labor, DOL, Employees, Job Corps, OIG Reports, Reader's Comments, wage and hour investigations, , , , , , , , , , , ,

$21.6 Million Dollars in Job Corps Funds Appear to be Lost in Transit (2002)

Are you wondering if this money was ever found?

From Sean Page, Insight on the News:

“The Job Corps vocational-training program cannot properly account for $21.6 million it spends annually to transport students, according to an internal audit by the Department of Labor’s Inspector General (IG). This leaves taxpayers with little assurance that these air, rail and bus trips are being taken only by Job Corps students, are used for legitimate purposes or that they are reasonably priced.”

Filed under: Department of Labor, Job Corps, Newspaper Reports, , , , ,

Job Corps and the Forty Million Dollar Question…

A forty million dollar Job Corps center in St. Petersburg, FL sits empty and… the Department of Labor refuses to tell the taxpayers what is going on.  Sound familiar?

From 10Connects.com: Read the story here:

“…the facility, which was supposed to be open last year, sits empty and the company that is acting as the care taker for the building doesn’t want you to see what is going on.”

“… the Federal Government…seems more concerned with keeping a lid on the problem than getting it up and running…”

Filed under: Department of Labor, Job Corps, Newspaper Reports, , , , ,

OIG Report: Job Corps Signature Forgeries and Falsified Placement Reports American Business Corporation (ABC)

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General
Office of Audit
BRIEFLY…

Highlights of Report Number: 09-06-004-01-370 to Ms. Esther R. Johnson, National Director, Office of Job Corps

WHY READ THE REPORT

The report discusses allegations that placements were falsified in one American Business Corporation (ABC) office and invalid placements were claimed throughout ABC offices. It also discusses allegations that Job Corps did not take timely action to assess liquidated damages or correct placement data when it learned of the invalid placements.

WHAT OIG FOUND
The OIG found that placement outcomes reported by ABC for program years 2003 and 2004 were not reliable and a significant number of invalid placements were claimed. We found unsupported job and educational placements; inadequate documentation of compliance with Job Corps requirements; and confirmed cases of signature forgeries on educational placement verification forms. One of the reasons this occurred was that the procedures the Atlanta Regional Office used to monitor ABC placement activities were not effective and the placement verification processes had systemic weaknesses. We did find that the Atlanta Regional Office (1) initiated actions to recover liquidated damages from ABC, and (2) identified and reported invalid placements to the National Office, although it could have initiated those actions timelier.

Filed under: American Business Corporation, Contractors, Department of Labor, Fraud, Job Corps, number manipulation, OIG Reports, , , , , , , , ,

More Negativity About Adams and Associates: What Else is New?

It seems that Adams and Associates of Nevada can’t keep itself out of the negative news.  For those of us who worked at a Job Corps Center run by the notorious numbers manipulator, Roy Adams, we are not surprised.  Roy presently reigns over twelve Job Corps Centers in the US:  Atterbury, Exeter, Gadsden, Glenmont, Grafton, Indypendence, Joliet, Little Rock, Shriver, Treasure Island, & Woodstock. Now, Roy is ignoring the law again and apparently is refusing to bargain with the Treasure Island Job Corps Workers Union AFT Local 6319.

Roy’s latest gaffe has the union rejecting his May 25, 2010 pay scheme which includes a pay for performance clause based on employees performance evaluation scores.

I’m going to side-track a bit here:  I worked at Shriver Job Corps in Devens, MA, for almost two years.  During those two years I was often required forego my lunch break despite my working a 8.5 hour day which supposedly included a half hour unpaid lunch. (My job was advertised  as a 40 hour per week position).  During those two years I often worked many hours overtime without pay in order to get my job done.  I never succeeded.  Despite my recruiting more employers to sign up to partner with Shriver than any of my predecessors, and having excellent references from previous employers my two performance reviews from Shriver claimed that I barely met expectations.  I believe that the raise I received amounted to 11 cents an hour. The center was also short-staffed and ill-equipped to do one’s job properly.  Staff were routinely threatened and coerced into submitting falsified reports to the Department of Labor in order to inflate performance reports.  And, as recently as early this year Adams and Associates was required to pay restitution amounting to thousands of dollars to hourly workers at Shriver who were also forced to work overtime and through their lunches in violation of Federal Law. Posts from credible sources (read the comments section of this article) who worked in Human Resource Departments from a few Job Corps Centers have made similar claims that employees are given very low scores on their performance reviews in order to increase Adams’ bottom line  and in addition, the HR employees were unwilling parties to requiring employees to falsify their time cards to state they took a lunch when they did  not. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Adams and Associates, Atterbury Job Corps, congress, Department of Labor, Employees, Exeter Job Corps, Gadsden Job Corps, Glenmont Job Corps, Grafton Job Corps Center, Indypendence Job Corps, Job Corps, Joliet Job Corps, Labor unions, Little Rock Job Corps, Shriver Job Corps Center, Treasure Island Job Corps, Woodstock Job Crops Center, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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