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Job Corps: One of the Most Wasteful, Least Effective Programs in Federal Government (1998)

In publishing this Congressional Testimony from Congressman John Duncan (TN) (1998) I ask my readers, “What has changed about Job Corps since this speech was given before Congress?”

1. The cost of participation for each Job Corps student has increased yearly to $28,000 per student and $1.7 billion per year.

2. Even more proof of fraud and mismanagement of funds by contractors and Job Corps has been exposed by the Office by The Office of the Attorney General in the past twelve years. The fines and repayments have increasingly amounted to the millions of dollars since this was published.

3. Much of Job Corps evidence of success has been based on flawed, unscientific studies that subsequently were proved to be number manipulation by the federal contractors and center operators.

4. It should have made national front page news when actual scientific studies proved that Job Corps had little or no influence on students earning power or increased the success of its attendees.

See this blog for the 2008 outcome study and David Mulhausen’s PhD 2008 report here:

It is important for us to learn the history of Job Corps and to read the older reports in order to see how the proof of wrong doing  in Job Corps is increasing, not lessening. Job Corps’ “truth” is well hidden by the media and sophisticated communications and public relations specialists in order to present a positive image to the public.

excerpts from Mr. Duncan’s testimony:

“However, one of its programs has become one of the most wasteful and inefficient in the entire Federal Government and should either do much, much better or be abolished. Yet this agency, because on the surface it appears to be one for young people, seems to believe it should be immune from criticism and simply get one increase after another.

I am speaking of the Job Corps. Today, it costs over $26,000 per year per Job Corps student, according to the GAO. We could give each Job Corps student an allowance of $1,000 a month, send them to some expensive private school and still save money.

The GAO reported in testimony before the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight this past July 29 that only 14 percent of program participants completed the requirements of their vocational training.
*An  earlier report found that only 4 percent end up in jobs for which they were trained, unless one does, as the Job Corps has at times done, and grossly distorts and exaggerates the figures and counts as a success about any former student who has gotten any type of job.”

*-Andrea from Job Corps Fraud-

When I worked at Shriver Job Corps in 2009 as an employment coordinator, I saw this practice still being carried out for instance, if a student completed automotive trade and got a job in their uncle’s repair shop as a part-time janitor it was considered a “trade match.”

Filed under: congress, Contractors, Fraud, Government Accounting Office, high costs, Job Corps, Legislative and Congressional Reports, number manipulation, OIG Reports, outcome study, , , , , ,

From the GAO (Government Accounting Office) Job Corps Training Centers and Concerns About Admission Procedures and Agreements with State and Local Prison Authorities to Enroll Prisoners (2000)

Read the entire letter here:

Excerpt:

“Potential Abuse of the Job Corps Program by Prison Authorities During our investigation, we learned that the Keystone Training Center and YSP had entered into an agreement to enroll YSP clients who were referred by the Juvenile Court for delinquency-related offenses. Enrollment of YSP participants appears to be consistent with the statute. This agreement was made at the local level with the concurrence of the DOL Region II District Director, but the national office was not informed. There is currently no agency policy concerning agreements that Job Corps officials enter into with local jurisdictions to enroll offenders remanded by the courts. According to the Director of the Job Corps, the program itself discourages centers from entering into such agreements because their contracts are performance based and too high a concentration of more troubled enrollees could negatively effect performance outcomes. However, the Director did state that based upon our investigation of this one instance, he would consider examining the issue and, based upon the results of such a review, it would be determined whether policies and procedures need to be established.”

Filed under: Government Accounting Office, Job Corps, Keystone Training Center, , ,

High Costs and Mixed Results Raise Questions About Job Corps Effectiveness (GAO) (1995)

“…Of the approximately 63,000 students who left Job Corps in the year ending June 30, 1994, our analysis shows that 68 percent had two or more barriers to employment, such as not having a high school diploma, lacking basic skills, receiving public assistance, and having limited English proficiency…”
“…our survey raised serious concerns about the validity of reported job placement information…”

“…According to Job Corps data, nearly half of all job placements were found by the student, family, or friends. Thus, it is unclear whether Job Corps benefits from the nationwide placement network of the national training contractors…”  (2010, Job Corps still utilizes national training contractors. Job Corps Fraud)

Filed under: Government Accounting Office, high costs, Job Corps, , , , ,

Government Accounting Office (GAO) 1998 review of Job Corps contractors performance claims…

Read about the Government Accounting Office’s (GAO) 1998 review of Job Corps contractor’ performance claims here:

…The Department of Labor expressed concern about our conclusion that two performance measures–vocational training completions and job training matches overstated—Job Corps’ success and misrepresented its accomplishments…”

…although job Corps reported that 48 percent of its program year 1996 participants completed their vocational training, GAO found that only 14 percent of the program participants actually completed all the requirements of their vocational training curricula…”

Filed under: Contractors, Government Accounting Office, Job Corps, number manipulation, , , , ,

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Make sure to click on the individual categories listed on this page... *Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit Reports showing number manipulation, fraudulent statistics and false inflation of numbers of graduated students... *Legislative and Congressional Reports detailing testimonies from Senators and Congressmen that Job Corps is inneffective... *Newspaper articles and books about Job Corps

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