ERIC Number: ED335557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training Partnership Act. Inadequate Oversight Leaves Program Vulnerable to Waste, Abuse, and Mismanagement. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
An assessment was made of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)'s vulnerability to waste, abuse, and mismanagement and the adequacy of federal, state, and local program oversight to prevent and detect such practices. The study examined JTPA activities in 2 federal regions, 6 states, and 12 service delivery areas, mostly for the program year ending June 30, 1990. Programs with known problems were not studied. The study found the following: (1) improper spending of JTPA funds on program administration and training contracts has reduced the amount available for training and placement assistance, and federal oversight has not detected these problems; (2) examples of misspending included misclassifying administrative expenditures in nine of the service delivery areas--so that violations of limitations on administrative spending were camouflaged, on-the-job training contracts for excessive training, and improper or unsupported payments being made to training vendors; and (3) state monitoring efforts and independent audits did not detect these practices. The study concluded that federal and state oversight of the JTPA program is inadequate to ensure that incidents of waste, abuse, and mismanagement are detected and that such practices are minimized. The study recommended that technical assistance be provided to states for the development and implementation of monitoring procedures and that policy guidance should be developed to clarify regulations regarding accounting, on-the-job training contracts, and purchasing controls. (KC)
Descriptors: Audits (Verification), Compliance (Legal), Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Job Training, Money Management, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Improvement, State Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free; additional copies--$2.00 each; 100 or more--25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers: Job Training Partnership Act 1982; Program Monitoring