CRIST CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AFTER TROUBLING CAREERSOURCE REPORTS

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St. Petersburg, January 24, 2018 | comments
Following deeply troubling reports of mismanagement at CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) has called on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to conduct the federal oversight needed to protect taxpayer dollars and the integrity of these critical workforce development programs.

Please find below and attached a copy of the letter sent to committee leaders.

January 23, 2018

Chairman Virginia Foxx
Committee on Education & the Workforce
2176 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ranking Member Bobby Scott
Committee on Education & the Workforce
2101 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Foxx and Ranking Member Scott,

I write to bring your attention to troubling reports regarding the management of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, which rely heavily on federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding.
 
As Florida’s workforce development program, CareerSource ideally connects Floridians with career development, job placement, and economic opportunity – goals I strongly support.  That is why I am deeply concerned by recent reporting from the Tampa Bay Times that suggests CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay have inflated job placement numbers and fabricated relationships with recent hires.
 
In fiscal year 2017, CareerSource Florida received $286.2 million in federal funds, including $164.4 million under the WIOA.  As you know, WIOA is particularly important to vulnerable communities, as it provides job training and placement for dislocated and recently laid-off workers, low-income adults, and out-of-school youth.  Equipping my constituents with skills and connecting them to employers in need strengthens our economy and our community as a whole.  At the same time, such a federal commitment to workforce development demands effective program integrity.  Inadequate oversight of federal tax dollars can come at a steep cost to both taxpayers and the communities served. Simply outsourcing stewardship of federal tax dollars to the states is insufficient.
 
I request the Committee on Education and the Workforce review these reports and conduct appropriate oversight as warranted.  I stand ready to support bipartisan progress in this area and am very appreciative of your attention to this matter.
 
Sincerely,

Charlie Crist
UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN
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