Your Tax Dollars Fund “Job Training”

WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has commissioned a study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into the over $18 billion spent each year on federal “job training” programs.  Here are a few things which the GAO found out:

  • Some job training participants spent their days sitting on a bus.
  • Some were trained for jobs that didn’t exist.
  • Others were paid to sit through educational sessions about jobs they already had.
  • High school students were knowingly exposed to the cancer-causing agent asbestos as part of a job training program.
  • Funds were misspent to pay a contractor for ghost employees and to purchase video games.
  • Job training administrators spent federal funds on extravagant meals and bonuses for themselves.
  • In one state, workforce agency employees took more than 100 gambling trips to casinos mostly during work hours.

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