Inquiry Into Certain Alleged Irregularities in Programs in Berkeley, California, Under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973

HRD-77-85: Published: May 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1982.

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A review was conducted in response to allegations made concerning the use of federal funds for Berkeley, California, under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973 (CETA).

The first allegation was that the Berkeley CETA program did not give proper credit for placement of trainees in a program which the complainant operated. According to CETA records, the placement rate for trainees was too low to warrant refunding. The second allegation was that the Bay Area Association of Household Technicians and the East Bay Skills Center were refunded although they did not meet the 75-percent placement goal. Waivers may be given to contractors achieving rates between 60 percent and 75 percent, if warranted. The third allegation concerned funding amounts for the East Bay Skills Center, which were said to be higher than requested. This organization was awarded the maximum of requests it had submitted, based on past performance and availability of funds. Finally, the complainant alleged conflicts of interest for three of the eight Berkeley CETA commissioners. One of the commissioners charged had resigned, and the others were not involved in conflicting activities during their periods of service.

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