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Nationwide mismanagement of Job Corps calls for action!

Office of the Inspector General’s Message from 1999

Nothing ever changes… look at the names in this report and the fraud OIG found from eleven years ago: Adams and Associates (employee alleges fraud) and National Plastering Industry’s Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund ($996,242 in disallowed costs).
But we still keep granting them contracts despite their number inflation and manipulation of records. Read a few excerpts:
“Our review of 67 student records found that 28 student records (42 percent) were improperly altered, inaccurate, or incomplete. Consequently, the number of students the Center reported as “vocational completers” was inflated and students were improperly paid training completion bonuses. Further, the altered records gave false assurances that the affected students received vocational training.”

-from the Semi-Annual Report to Congress page 57 about the National Plastering Industry’s Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund
The OIG questioned a total of $996,242 of direct costs claimed by the trust fund and the grant officer disallowed all of these questioned costs.

The Report to Congress also mentions The US Forest Service and Connecticut Job Corps Center and its contractor ITT Federal Services Corps.
Due to missing or insufficient ITT documentation and accounting errors, our audit questioned costs of $297,892 in nonpersonnel and personnel costs ($176,385 in nonpersonnel costs, $98,880 in personnel costs, and $22,627 in general administrative expenses).

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Filed under: Adams and Associates, Connecticut Job Corps, Contractors, Fraud, Improper billing, ITT Federal Service Corps, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Labor unions, Mississippi Job Corps, number manipulation, OIG Reports, U.S. Forestry Service, , , , , , ,

Job Corps solicitation to provide online diploma services

Let the bidding wars begin… who will be the contractor providing these high school diplomas? Will this be a numbers-based performance contract?

Read the details here:

“GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: The US Forest Service (USFS) is seeking an Academic Institution to provide online (full) high school diploma programs for approximately 216 students dispersed among the following 13 Job Corps Centers”:

1. Angell Job Corps Center, OREGON (40 students)
2. Blackwell Job Corps Center, WISCONSIN (5 students)
3. Cass Job Corps Center, ARKANSAS (8 students)
4. Centennial Job Corps Center, IDAHO (5 students)
5. Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center, WASHINGTON (2 students)
6. Golconda Job Corps Center, ILLINOIS (30 students)
7. Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center, WEST VIRGINIA (35 students)
8. Jacobs Creek Job Corps Center, TENNESSEE (5 students)
9. Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Center, NORTH CAROLINA (5 students)
10. Oconaluftee Job Corps Center, NORTH CAROLINA (5 students)
11. Ouachita Job Corps Center, ARKANSAS (6 students)
12. Schenck Job Corps Center, NORTH CAROLINA (50 students)
13. Wolf Creek Job Corps Center, OREGON (20 students
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Filed under: Angell Job Corps, Blackwell, Cass Job Corps Center, Centennial Job Corps Center, Contractors, Fort Simcoe Job Corps, Golconda Job Corps Center, Harper's Ferry, Jacob's Creek Job Corps Center, Job Corps, Job Corps Centers, Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Center, Ocanaluftee Job Corps Center, Ouachita Job Corps Center, Schenk, U.S. Forestry Service, Wolf Creek Job Corps Center, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Reader’s Comments to “Our Stories”

From Dave-

“I have known Job Corps since its inception at Catoctin. Todays Job Corps bear very little resemblance to the early days. Contractors now run a “candy store” for their companies. The government centers are all now under the Forest Service. Nothing is perfect in life, however the FS centers do a much better job of preparing youth for employment. Job Corps is not a college as Esther Johnson thought! Job Corps needs to return to its’ CCC roots to enter into this new century.

To those who say we spend too much money on training our youth I can say only this, the 2010 DoD budget is over 700 billion dollars. Job Corps has existed for 45 years on a fraction of that budget, and could stay in existence for the next 300 years on that dollar amount. I think the disadvantaged youth of America surely deserve such a small pittance. Corruption needs to be cleared up in the JC program. USDA control would be an integral part of that cleaning up process.”

From Eric-

“The disadvantaged youth who attend this program could use the money that is paid to unscrupulous contractors. The money should be going into the program, not a contractor’s pocket. I agree with you Dave – today’s Job Corps does bear very little resemblance to the early days. Why do we need contractors anyway? How do they add value to anything? Most aren’t even educators and most of the administrative staff at the centers aren’t educators either. Any serious educator doesn’t last long at a Job Corps; they are either fired for trumped-up reasons because they know the contractors are running a bogus program, or they quit because of the lack of professionalism.

Dave, it sounds like you work for a center run by the FS. Have you worked for a JC run by a contractor – especially in the last 15-20 yrs? Even contractor-run centers are very different today from 20-30 yrs ago. Much more corrupt and blatantly abusive to staff. They get away with it because government oversight does not result in serious punitive measures and the government and the contractors play this shell game.

Doesn’t this sound just like the mining industry? Education and Training Resources (ETR), like Massey Energy, has figured out how not to pay fines – just contest a finding and then they don’t have to pay the fine as long as it is under review. If they were put out of business, instead of paying fines, maybe things might change.”

Filed under: Contractors, Education and Training Resources (ETR), Fraud, Job Corps, Reader's Comments, U.S. Forestry Service, , , , , , , , , ,

Riot, assault charges placed in Jacobs Creek Job Corps brawl (2007)

From the TimesNews.net:

“…Charges have been placed against ten Jacob’s Creek Job Corps students, including one juvenile, arrested during a weekend riot.”

“…After arresting the two individuals involved, other residents of the same dorm became agitated, forcing the Sheriff’s Office to call the U.S. Forestry Service, Tennessee Highway Patrol and TVA agents for assistance in breaking up a brawl…”

Filed under: Arrests, Jacob's Creek Job Corps Center, Job Corps, Newspaper Reports, riot, U.S. Forestry Service, , , , , , , ,

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