Review of the Cardozo High School Band Summer Employment Program
GGD-77-16: Published: Feb 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1977.
- Full Report:
Information was requested about the payments made to youths participating in the Cardozo High School summer band program in 1975. The band's eligibility for funding under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act was investigated. The eligibility of all the youths who participated in the band program was also reviewed.
The Department of Labor decided that the 1975 band program met the requirements of the act's regulations, which specify that the project provide skill training and work experience to the participants. Some question had arisen about whether culturally-oriented programs were eligible for funding under the act. Although 74 youths had been certified as economically disadvantaged and eligible for the Cardozo project, applications for 55 of the 74 youths were not available for verification of the validity of certification. For the 19 youths whose applications were available, the data supported 16 certifications. Since the regulations and legislation pertaining to the act are very broad, funding of culturally-oriented programs is not specifically precluded. If the Congress did not intend to fund such programs under the act, a specific prohibition could be included in the legislation.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should recover from the District of Columbia the amounts paid to ineligible participants. The Labor Department should determine the eligibility of the 55 youths who participated in the program but whose records were not available and should recover from the District any payments made to ineligible youths.