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Workforce Central Florida: Bureaucracy Gone Wild with federal money

11:21 PM EDT, August 29, 2011

Mike Thomas: Workforce Central Florida: Bureaucracy Gone Wild with federal money

Of all the bureaucracies that waste money, Workforce Central Florida is an itty-bitty one, just another of the tiny pinholes through which our loans from China seep out of Washington and into the abyss.

Our take on: Gov. Scott's Workforce Florida makeover

12:00 AM EDT, August 25, 2011

Our take on: Gov. Scott's Workforce Florida makeover

Workforce makeover

Taxpayers could be on hook for jobs agency's misspending

11:16 PM EDT, August 26, 2011

Taxpayers could be on hook for jobs agency's misspending

As investigators dig into the finances of the region's workforce development board, federal law indicates that Central Florida taxpayers might have to repay any money that is ultimately determined to have been misspent.

State tells jobs agencies to stop doing business with board members

11:02 PM EDT, August 23, 2011

State tells jobs agencies to stop doing business with board members

Florida's 24 regional workforce boards are now prohibited from awarding business contracts to companies controlled by or tied to agency board members.

It's time for jobs agency to remember its job

6:16 PM EDT, August 20, 2011

Scott Maxwell: It's time for jobs agency to remember its job

Toni Jennings isn't someone you'd expect to criticize Workforce Central Florida.

Workforce agency expected to ban doing business with board members

9:08 PM EDT, June 7, 2011

Workforce agency expected to ban doing business with board members

Hounded by questions of favoritism, Workforce Central Florida is expected today to end its practice of doing business with most companies connected to board members.

Workforce ends business deals with board members

6:57 PM EDT, June 8, 2011

Workforce ends business deals with board members

Workforce Central Florida, the region's publicly funded jobs agency, voted Wednesday to stop giving contracts to companies tied to agency board members.

State work-force agencies gave board members contracts worth millions

6:02 PM EDT, July 9, 2011

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State work-force agencies gave board members contracts worth millions

Florida's 24 regional work-force boards pride themselves on helping unemployed Floridians get back on the job.

State delays probe of Workforce contracts

4:39 PM EDT, July 25, 2011

State delays probe of Workforce contracts

A state inspector general will delay an investigation into the contracting practices of Workforce Central Florida, citing a similar U.S. Department of Labor inquiry and an ongoing probe of the agency's purchase of a fleet of vehicles.

Workforce Central Florida may sue state

5:37 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Workforce Central Florida may sue state

Workforce Central Florida, the agency facing both state and federal investigations, is considering suing the state, but the taxpayer-funded organization has not disclosed which office it might sue or the nature of the legal challenge.

Report: Workforce Central Florida bought too many cars, owes state $39K

6:00 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

Report: Workforce Central Florida bought too many cars, owes state $39K

Workforce Central Florida should repay the state almost $39,000 in unapproved and "unreasonable" costs for buying 20 cars it did not need, according to a report from Florida's inspector general.

Jobs agencies need reform, oversight

August 10, 2011

Jobs agencies need reform, oversight

In a letter addressed to "community leaders" last week, the chairman of Central Florida's federally funded job development agency defended his beleaguered organization and bemoaned "negative publicity" ginned up by the news media.

Workforce defends spending tax money on settlement

8:55 PM EDT, August 3, 2011

Workforce defends spending tax money on settlement

Workforce Central Florida says it followed state law and took the most inexpensive option when it used federal job-training money to pay a $739,000 settlement with SunTrust bank two years ago.

Workforce Central Florida is being investigated for possible conflict of interest violations

8:48 PM EDT, August 16, 2011

Workforce Central Florida is being investigated for possible conflict of interest violations

A U.S. Labor Department probe of Workforce Central Florida is focused on possible "criminal conflict of interest" that may have tainted contracts awarded to companies owned by or tied to agency board members.

State orders Workforce Central Florida to repay $739K in grants

11:43 PM EDT, August 2, 2011

State orders Workforce Central Florida to repay $739K in grants

Central Florida's workforce-development board, an agency facing two government investigations, has been ordered to repay more than $739,000 that state and federal officials say was improperly used to settle a 2-year-old lawsuit.

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