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Topic - Lisa Mallory
The D.C. government has begun firing city workers identified in a probe that found rampant abuse of unemployment benefits by employees in most of the city's agencies, officials said Wednesday.
The D.C. government is placing 90 of its employees on leave for their roles in a pattern of pilfering from the city's unemployment-insurance that totaled $840,000.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says his signature jobs program is entering a new phase that will focus on job seekers who have not taken advantage of city services that link their skills with suitable employers.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray touted his signature job program on Wednesday by meeting with D.C. residents vying for Metro bus driver positions, an event that highlighted the "extremely low" number of city residents working at the transit agency.
D.C. officials are hoping a jobs program that saw success in Atlanta will take a bite out of an unemployment rate in the District that has neared 11 percent and climbed even higher east of the Anacostia River.
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.
“We are confident that all deficiencies in the financial management of ETA funds have been addressed going forward and that through the corrective actions and reformative measure, DOES will be in full compliance with the federal costs principles and related DOL regulations,” said Lisa Mallory, director of the DOES office.
DOES Director Lisa Mallory said her agency has been investigating the cases for several months and referred many of the cases to the inspector general's office.