Department of Social Services

Oversight of Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program Providers

The Department oversees New York's Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program, in which public assistance recipients are trained in skills that will help them find employment. This training is provided by counties, State agencies and other organizations through contracts administered by the Department. We examined selected aspects of the Department's oversight of these contractors and found that the oversight was strong in some ways. For example, the contracts were selected through a competitive process and the training provided by the contractors related to the demands of the various local labor markets. However, as much as $65,469 of the $368,569 in contract payments that we examined may have been inappropriate because the number of job placements claimed by two contractors may have been overstated. We recommended that the Department review these payments and recover any overpayments. 95-S-11