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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.

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More Good Reading about Job Corps and PLA’s from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC)

This is a “must read:” from the ABC’s website…

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Job Corps and National Labor Unions (Part One)

Job Corps and National Labor Unions Part One…

President Obama issued an Executive Order on February 6, 2009 encouraging the use of Project Labor Agreements on Federal projects of twenty-five million dollars or more.  PLA’s usually require that contractors hire all workers through union halls, and that non-union workers pay dues for the duration of the project and the contractor follow union rules on pensions, work conditions and  dispute resolution.

What does this have to do with Job Corps?  In November 2009,  the proposed new Job Corps center construction project in New Hampshire was cancelled by the DOL after a local  contractor (with the assistance of the Associated Builders and Contractors ABC) raised a legal challenge to the project’s PLA requirement, arguing it was discriminatory and would disqualify most of the contractors in the state.

You can read all about the history of PLA’s as it relates to small business owners and minorities here (from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) website:)

The arguments are pretty convincing for PLA’s being discriminatory against small business owners and favorable to big unions. A further explanation from the ABC is described here along with opinions and news from major newspapers…and a mention of the proposed New Hampshire Job Corps center’s woes.

I wonder how many reader’s are aware that many trade union instructors at Job Corps centers throughout the US are influencing impressionable young minds with pro-union rhetoric (without allowing the students to hear a balanced point of view?)  At Shriver Job Corps there are three trade union instructors whose salaries were paid through their national unions (thus saving Adams and Associates a lot of money):  The Operative Plasterer’s and Cement Masons (OPCMIA), The International Union of Allied Painters and Trades AFL CIO (IUPAT) and The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA).

One only has to Google the words “trade unions and Job Corps” or, ” Brotherhood of Carpenters and Job Corps” to come up with a list of Job Corps centers through the US that utilize these union instructors.  Be sure to check back tomorrow evening for the rest of the story of what I experienced at Shriver Job Corps with the union instructors…

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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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