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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - D.C. Department Of Employment Services
A District of Columbia program misused $8.8 million in federal funds that were supposed to help the jobless find work, diverting the money instead to overpay bureaucrats or cover unrelated overhead expenses, investigators found.
Workforce data released Tuesday shows unemployment rates decreased across the region from September to October.
New labor statistics show the District's unemployment rate continues to decline — from 8.9 percent in July to 8.8 percent in August — although the city still lags behind the national rate of 8.1 percent and nearly 1 in 4 residents of Ward 8 cannot find work.
Labor statistics released Friday show the District's unemployment rate continues its decline — from 8.9 percent in July to 8.8 percent in August — although the city still lags behind the national rate of 8.1 percent and nearly one in four residents of Ward 8 cannot find work.
Mayor Gray still has head above the scandalous waters of a public corruption probe, but time will soon tell whether the jobs programs he has in place will actually deliver what people want: a J-O-B.
The D.C. Office of the Attorney General filed suit against 13 former and current city employees accused of obtaining unemployment benefits while they were employed by the city government, officials said Thursday.
Statistics released Friday show the District's unemployment rate dropped from 9.8 percent in March to 9.5 percent in April, a positive sign that Mayor Vincent C. Gray touted as proof his employment programs have been effective although there is “more work to do.”
A second employee from the D.C. Department of Employment Services was fired Thursday in connection with an ongoing investigation of suspected fraud in that department's office of unemployment compensation, officials said.
An interim associate director of unemployment compensation, who campaigned for Mayor Vincent C. Gray, was fired Tuesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by the D.C. inspector general, city officials said.
A Mayor Vincent C. Gray campaign supporter and associate director of unemployment compensation with the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) has been placed on administrative leave, according to city officials.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray implored major universities and other area employers Thursday to fill their job vacancies with unemployed city residents as part of the District's nascent "One City-One Hire" program.
D.C. officials are deceiving themselves — and you — if they think the government will be able to outwit larcenous-hearted thieves once its online gambling program is up and running.
The D.C. Department of Employment Services says its summer jobs program for young residents will likely come in more than $5 million under budget once final payroll figures are tabulated this month.
A D.C. Council member says city officials have settled on two possible sites near a Northeast shopping plaza for a center to help reduce problems created by the crowds of people who gather daily looking for work.