That sucking sound: your taxpayer dollars swirling down the drain.
From the Washington Guardian on January 24, 2013:
Investigators say officials weren't carefully measuring whether the grants were effective in getting people jobs and other goalsRead the rest HERE.
You'd expect a program to help train workers in new skills would have grades to measure how well the students learned. And you'd expect the program itself to be graded on whether it actually helped those students find employment after they graduated. But that's precisely what a Labor Department jobs program failed to measure for grants it made in 2010 and 2011, auditors say.
In fact, investigators think more than one-third of the programs -- more than 200 grants out of 560 that were handed out -- might have failed, at a total cost approaching $230 million.
The objective of the grants "is to contribute to the efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services," the IG said. But investigators found that both the stimulus projects and non-Recovery Act projects were completed without any consistent idea if they had helped secure jobs -- yielding no lessons to apply to the next round of grants....
Federal grants are deemed "gift aid" and do not have to be repaid.
The fleecing of the American taxpayer continues apace: