Errors Plague Ga. Jobs Program
(AJC) — Delays, slipshod vetting, confusion and waste plagued Georgia’s handling of $23 million in federal stimulus grants designed to put unemployed Georgians back to work, a state audit revealed Thursday. Georgia’s Department of Human Services didn’t adequately vet nearly two-thirds of the companies that received money and nearly a quarter of the individuals who were hired through the Adult Subsidized Employment Program, the audit found. More than $400,000 went to buy computer equipment, much of which wasn’t used. The first workers weren’t placed until a year after the money became available, and the program ended before Georgia had spent all its funds. Finally, DHS put more participants to work in its own operations than in any private company.