U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today announced that the House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. Additional support for the Job Corps Program is included in the resolution.
"I am pleased that additional support was provided for the Job Corps program," stated Whitfield. "Local Job Corps centers like Earle C. Clements and the Muhlenberg Career Development Center have been suffering the consequences of mismanagement by the Department of Labor who oversees the Office of Job Corps in Washington. This gross mismanagement is unacceptable and I'm working with my colleagues on the Congressional Job Corps Caucus to identify solutions that do not put students' education at risk. Furthermore, I will join with other Members of Congress to discuss the mismanagement by the Department of Labor in more detail. In the meantime, it is important that we keep our local Kentucky Job Corps Centers running and this bill will provide a necessary lifeline, while also requiring the Department to provide additional information on the cost saving measures being undertaken."
Section 1501 of the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution directs the Department of Labor to provide the Job Corps program with $10 million in additional funding within the next 30 days as a condition of receiving an additional $20 million to cover Job Corps operations for program years 2012 and 2013.
Within 15 days of receiving the funds, the Secretary of the Department of Labor must submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate that details the source of the transferred funds, the specific programs, projects, or activities for which such funds will be used, provides a detailed explanation of the need for such transfer, and itemizes the cost saving measures implemented by the Office of the Job Corps during Program Years 2012 and 2013 and the savings gained by implementing each initiative.