Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 4
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July 6, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 4

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4A JuK 6.1975 Use of Public Service Funds Debated By Brooks Jacksw WASHINGTON - ·-? - Some federal tax dollars intended to create public service iobs are going to pay staff workers {or sfivate groups such as the Red Cross. ·Salvation Array and church and charitable organizations. Two high Labor Department officials disagree over whether this use of federal .money is proper. The" Labor Department's chief investigator. Frank Yeager. says the practice violated department regulations and the 'spirit of the law when it was begun several years ago. The law has since been changed "but he says it is "an open question" whether the practice is now proper. V eager also criticized the Manpower Administration, which administers federal public service funds, for failing to en- ·Rirce its own regulations. However, manpower rhief William H. Kolberg disputed ·Veafer's interpretation of the law and ;sairi the use of public service employes by ·private groups is in line with department 'policy. This indicated the practice may be com- i:vm nationwide, but no nationwide figures oo the subject are available. Yeager said in an internal report that a spot check last year of two cities, San Diego, Calif, and Seattle. Wash., uncovered97 public service workers who actually were working for private groups in jobs which "did not provide a direct benefit to the general public." Furthermore, the 97 were officially listed as having such jobs as "community development specialist" or "community service representative" when in fact they were working in such jobs as janitor, public relations worker, typist, truck driver, or programmer for private groups. * * * IN SAN DIEGO the groups included the Red Cross. Salvation Army, Federation of Women's Organizations, Chicano Federation. United Community Services, Jewish Community Center, Young Mens Christian Association, and others. In Seattle they include a church-run group distributing food to the needy. Four Seattle workers were getting federal salaries to work for the same groups that had employed them earlier. Yeager's report is based on a review of employment records from 1971, and 1972 and 197$. The review was completed in April of last year, preliminary versJocs of the report were circulated privately in the Labor Department in December, and the fiual version was completed this year and cleared for public release June 10, although no public release was made. The Associated Press sought and obtained a copy from Yeager, who did not criticize the agencies themselves, but rather use of federal money to support them. Kolberg declined The AP's requests for an interview. In a letter released with Yeager's report, Kolberg said "it is our feeling that' the cases cited by the report... do not constitute violations... Program agents may provide indirect support to community- service organizations. Yeager disagreed. "In our opinion, these Labor Department guidelines and the intent of the act were violated," he said. Kolberg also said the department's chief lawyer had said in a written opinion in 1971 that the department would not question the judgment of states or cities that chose to use federal public-service money to hire workers for private, nonprofit groups. Kolberg quoted the department's solicitor as saying, "if the employing unit of government thinks the work to be performed by its employes in such outstationed posi- iwa is ptifce service, me woott aw bead that cteetsica." Yet Yeager said ibis iegal opiaion should art apply "ie eases of elear-m violations" such as the Sao Diego aad Seattle eases. ~to the comrary.tbe secretary must, by cocgressioaal dictate, insure that all expenditures meet legal requirements established by federal law. The 97 workers cited by Yeager were among 400.000 hired under the 52.25-billioo Emergency Employment Act of 1971, which contained no authorization tor pri- vate greats to receive fecteral f upas directly. Tae 97 were aired by tbe ci'aes asd Camied «M, or "eatsiaueeed" to the private groups. Under tbe present law enacted at the end of 1S73. private, nonprofit groups may receive federal public-service job money through states and cities to hire public ser- vke workers. But Yeager said in an interview it is still an "open question'' whether the kinds of janitorial and public relations job he uncovered would fit the legal definition of public service. STORE r. it I P I I ! fc *1 .: ftl 1 Medalist split cowhide jacket This 100% Cowhide jacket features snap front, shirt cuffs with snaps, two upper patch pockets with flaps and square t a i l . . . all you(ve ever wanted in a jacket and more. Select from Navy, Tan or Brown ... SIZES 36-44 reqular. 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