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There have been news reports that scores of people as old as 50 are in the program and that D.C. hired ineligible people and paid them, too.

The other day, about a half-dozen youths on foot in the D.C. program were supposed to be cleaning neighborhood streets of trash. I followed them for three blocks, but gave up after nearly an hour when I noticed they and their “supervisors” spent more time yakking on cell phones and jostling with one another than sweeping the streets.

The D.C. program is near its end, but the young people and their “supervisors” will pick up the beat - and paychecks - next summer. Isnt that theft, fraud and mismanagement?

If Marion Barry were still mayor, the federal government would be combing the books.

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