Audit: Job-training program overspends
BATON ROUGE - A new report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states or even within other areas of state government.
The Times-Picayune reports the Strategies to Empower People program, known as STEP and run through the Department of Children and Family Services, also failed to meet its goals of getting welfare recipients back to work, with only a quarter of those involved last year leaving the program with a job.
Issued Monday, the report sharply criticizes the amount STEP pays to get its roughly 2,860 participants to work activities. More than 60 percent of the program's $8.9 million budget goes toward transportation costs.