[Excerpt] This reporting period represents a time of important change for the Federal Government. We are all aware of the increased sense of urgency in the Congress and the Administration to ensure that the Government serves the public in a more efficient and cost-effective way. Consistent with the intent of the Inspector General Act, my office continues to work extensively with the Department of Labor, the Congress, and other Federal Agencies to this end.
During this reporting period, through audits, investigations, and congressional testimony, my office focused on two areas of major concern to the public: employment and training and health care. As a result, I have structured this report to focus predominately on our main concerns and accomplishments in these areas. Some of the major issues in the employment and training area include the need to:
- Ensure a valid measurement of return on investment and an adequate level of accountability in the Job Training Partnership Act Program so that Federal training funds are safeguarded and effectively utilized (p.2);
- Enhance overall performance of the Job Corps Program before expansion of the program is considered (p.3);and
- Ensure that the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit Program, which the OIG found to be largely ineffective,is not reauthorized (p.14).
I also have continuing concerns in the health care area including:
- The continuing losses to the Government from fraud by claimants and providers in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act Program (p.15); and
- The vulnerability of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements to fraud and abuse, particularly through the emergence of bogus labor unions (p.18).
In addition, my office continues to identify and implement streamlining initiatives to carry out our functions in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. These include: consolidating administrative functions, reducing manager-employee ratios,and cross-training employees so that, through attrition, we can further streamline our workforce.