GAO investigated a complaint about improper activities at the Keystone Job Corps Training Center in Drums, Pennsylvania. The complaint alleged the center was enrolling individuals who were at a state prison facility, the Youth Services Agency. The complaint alleged that these individuals posed a threat to the safety and well being of the regular student population at the Keystone Job Corps Training Center. GAO found that, contrary to the allegations, the Youth Services Agency is not a state prison. It is a facility for youths convicted of delinquency-related offenses. GAO also found that enrollees were screened to determine whether they were disruptive or dangerous.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Labor||The Secretary of Labor should direct the Director of the Job Corps to require that the individuals implementing Job Corps eligibility standards conduct criminal background checks on program applicants by using National Crime Information Center operated by the Department of Justice rather than rely on information from the applicant's self-certified application.|
|Department of Labor||The Secretary of Labor should direct the Director of the Job Corps to require that the individuals implementing Job Corps eligibility standards review their position on agreements between Job Corps and state and local authorities regarding enrollment of individuals under the supervision of the courts or prisons in Job Corps programs to determine whether it would be appropriate to establish a written policy to address this issue.|