HR Strange But True!
March 15, 2012

Those damned audits. They are always turning up nasty facts—like an $11 million grant to help low-income jobseekers dress appropriately for job interviews only assisted two people. Maybe they are just keeping up with the Kardashians, wearing Prada and carrying Birkin bags. Well, the funds were going to a boutique, not J.C. Penneys.

And, surprise! The boutique was in Detroit, not Beverly Hills. But, alas, the city’s audit found that the Department of Human Services (DHS), which implemented the grant, had failed to set up procedures for the program. For example, a program contractor had set up the arrangement for a boutique to provide the clothes without stipulating any controls by DHS or the city.

To access the money, recipients were to show they had a job interview set up. But between October 2010 and September 2011, only two people had filled out the referral forms to receive clothing, reports The Detroit News.

No word on just how much each interview outfit cost, because the boutique was not required to give receipts to the city, and DHS did not yet have figures on how much of the grant money had been expended or why so few (two) jobseekers were helped.

The City Council was not too pleased about this situation. Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown told The Detroit News: "We have to find a better way to manage the resources and give Detroiters the value for the tax dollars they deserve."


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