[Decision on EEOC Serving as Host Agency Under Senior Community Service Employment Program]

B-222248: Mar 13, 1987

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requested a decision as to whether it could serve as a host agency in using enrollees of the Senior Community Service Employment Program for part-time clerical work, since a federal statute generally prohibited agencies from accepting voluntary services. The program trained economically disadvantaged persons over 55 years old for permanent employment by placing them in clerical positions at host agencies free of charge. A federal grant paid their salaries. GAO had held that the prohibition against accepting voluntary services from private citizens without statutory authority did not apply to the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program due to the statutory terms of the CETA legislation. GAO held that, due to the similarity of the Senior Community Service Employment Program to the CETA program and the fact that the program's services were federally funded, EEOC could act as a host agency under the program.