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Audit Report Raises Questions About Use Of Public Funds

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A recent report released by the Michigan's Auditor General suggested some questionable spending. The report states that some agencies spent as little as 3% of program funding on activities like the dislocated worker program. 

The 72 page audit started back in 2007 and wrapped up this year. 

The report addresses spending that the Michigan Auditor General sees as an unreasonable or questionable use of funds. According to the report and  the auditor's office, the South Central Michigan Works agency in Jackson spent over $18,000 for a weekend retreat back in 2007.

South central Michigan Works president Christine Quinn says the funds used for this training back in 2007 were from administrative funds and that "over the past several years we have made adjustments to this annual meeting and now it is a one day meeting at low or no cost."

The audit also pointed out that  Southeast Michigan Works spent public funding on monthly massages for what is described as an optional employment benefit.

Here in Lansing, the audit says one agency had a country club membership.

When we caught up with CEO Doug Stites of Capital Area Michigan Works he said they do in fact have a country club membership, but it's used for business purposes and he finds nothing wrong in their spending.

"I have no trouble about what we've spent our money on I know its both allowable and practical and a wise investment of what were doing or else we wouldn't be doing it. If we decide down the road these investments don't make sense we do other things that make sense, but we scrutinize what we spend on to try and make a decision on ultimately does it help our mission," says Stites. 

Throughout this audit the Bureau of Workforce Transformation was sighted for its lack in monitoring of these agencies. According to Workforce Transformation officials the Bureau is just a pass through of federal funds and has no direct responsibility over the issues at hand.

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