COVID-19: Delays in Providing Disaster Relief Jeopardize $366 Million Disaster Worker Grant Program [open pdf - 875KB]
From the Document: "On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill was passed by the 116th U.S. Congress. The CARES Act provided additional funding in the amount of $345 million to the Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) under Division B, Title VIII. This audit focused on funds allocated to the Disaster National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWG) reserve. From April to August 2020, ETA awarded 57 grants totaling $366 million. ETA used $248 million provided under the CARES Act, along with $118 million from ETA's regular National Dislocated Workers reserve funds for training and employment services and other necessary expenses directly related to the consequences of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Prior Office of Inspector General audits have raised concerns about ETA's grant not achieving performance goals and ETA needing to provide better oversight of DWGs. [...] Lopez [The Lopez Group, LLP] made four recommendations to ETA to provide technical assistance to the states regarding grantee performance, provide close monitoring to ensure performance, establish written timelines for disaster relief action, and enforce existing procedures. ETA generally agreed with these recommendations and stated it has already taken corrective action."
Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Report Number: 19-22-002-03-391