SIMMONS: D.C.-run jobs program just not working

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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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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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