Administrative Weaknesses in St. Louis' Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Program

HRD-79-15: Published: Mar 2, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1979.

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GAO reviewed many questions about St. Louis' Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program which is administered by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and found problems in program management, accounting for funds, and building management.

Some key administrators were not appointed under a system meeting Federal merit principles, administrative costs were not properly allocated amoung grant titles, and the administrative office was renovated without prior approval of the grantor agency.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should require the Regional Administrator of the Department of Labor to terminate SLATE's hiring of employees through subgrantee contracts, bring the affected positions under a system which meets Federal merit principles in a timely manner, and recoup any CETA grant monies improperly spent. The Regional Administrator should also be required to: (1) vigorously work with SLATE in developing an acceptable system for allocating administrative costs to CETA grants; (2) assure that SLATE's administrative costs from fiscal year 1978 are reallocated under the new system and that CETA grant monies are recouped where the legal limitations were exceeded; and (3) determine the allowability of the renovation costs and recoup any improperly spent CETA monies.

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