Job Training Partnership Act:

Review of Audit Findings Related to the Downriver Community Conference Program

HRD-90-105: Published: May 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Downriver Community Conference's expenditures under the Job Training Partnership Act; and (2) the appropriateness of the Michigan Department of Labor's resolution of the audit findings on the expenditures.

GAO found that: (1) Michigan should have disallowed Downriver data-base expenditures for identifying potential program participants, since Downriver did not obtain or request such information; (2) although Michigan allowed Downriver computer service expenditures, it should have disallowed costs Downriver incurred under a sole-source contract, since Michigan required Downriver to compete the contract; (3) Michigan allowed Downriver air conditioning system expenditures and payment to a terminated employee; (4) Downriver charged the air conditioning system expenditure as rent rather than as a capital expenditure; (5) Downriver charged the payment to the terminated employee as severance pay, but should have charged it as a settlement expense, since Downriver and the employee negotiated the settlement; and (6) since there were no rules or regulations providing guidance on granting termination settlements, Michigan was responsible for determining the allowability of the settlement payment.

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