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2011.09.21 Scott Letter to Jacobs Re Workforce Central Florida

2011.09.21 Scott Letter to Jacobs Re Workforce Central Florida

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RICKSCOTT
GOVERNOR
September21,2011TheHonorableTeresaJacobsMayor,OrangeCounty201SouthRosalindAvenue,5thFloorOrlando,Florida32801DearMayorJacobs:AsFlorida'sGovernorandChiefExecutiveOfficer,IexpectFloridianstoholdmeaccountablefortheefficientandappropriateuseoftaxpayerdollars,foroperatingstategovernmentwithtransparency,andforupholdingthehighestethicalstandardsinadministeringpubliclyfundedprogramsandservices.IexpectnothinglessofthepublicofficialschargedwithoverseeingFlorida'stwenty-fourRegionalWorkforceBoards,whichcollectivelyreceivemorethan$300millioninfederalfundingannuallytoprovidejobplacementandtrainingservicestoFlorida'semployersandjobseekers.Accordingly,Iamtakingimmediatestepsdesignedtocorrectdeficienciesintheoperationandmanagementofyourlocalworkforcedevelopmentboard,WorkforceCentralFlorida(WCF).Inrecentyears,theleadershipofWCFhasengagedinaseriesofactivitiesthatrequirethisunprecedented,butnecessary,action.OngoingfiscalandcompliancedeficiencieshavecausedcontinuingconcernaboutWCF'sinternalcontrolsanditsmanagement'sabilitytoensurecompliancewithapplicablelaws,regulations,andgrantrequirements.AttachmentAtothisletterprovidesbackgroundonthefiscalandcomplianceissues.AsnotedinAttachmentA,since2006,nearly$5.3million
in
reviewedexpendituresandadditionalamountsofexpenditurescurrentlypendingreviewhavebeenfoundnottobeincompliancewithfederalfiscalrequirements.ThisletteriswrittentoyouinyourroleaschairoftheCentralFloridaAreaWorkforceInvestmentConsortium(Consortium)whichisresponsibleforappointingboardmembers.PursuanttotheinterlocalagreementbetweenLake,Orange,Osceola,Seminole,andSumterCounties,thefivecountyConsortiumisthelocalrecipientoffederalworkforcegrants,andWCFhasbeendesignatedbytheConsortiumasitsadministrativeentityandfiscalagent.Forfiscalyear2011-12,WCFhasbeenallocatedmorethan$30millionbyWorkforceFlorida,Inc.(WFI),thestatewideworkforcestrategyandpolicysettingboard.Myadministrationhaszerotoleranceforthemisuseoftaxpayerdollarsandunderfederallaw,thefivecountiesrepresentedintheConsortiumareliableforreimbursementofWCF'smisuseofanyfederalworkforcegrantfunds.
THECAPITOL
TALlAHASSEE,FLORIDA
32399
(850)
468-2272
FAX
(850)922-4292
 
TheHonorableTeresaJacobsSeptember21,2011PageTwoAsGovernor,Ihavetheauthoritytodecertifylocalboards,directareorganizationoflocalboards,ortakeadditionalactionwhichIdeterminetobenecessaryinordertosecurecompliance.Pursuanttothisauthority,IamplacingWCF,yourarea'slocalboard,onatwoweekprobationaryperiod.Duringthisprobationaryperiod,theimmediateactionsspecifiedinAttachmentBmustbecompletedoradecertificationplanwillbeinitiated.IfullyexpectthattheseactionswillbecarriedoutwithminimaldisruptiontotheemployersandjobseekerswhodependonWCFforservices.Additionally,IhavedirectedtheAgencyforWorkforceInnovation(AWI),theadministrativeentityforFlorida'sworkforcesystem,todesignateWCFasa"high-risk"granteeasdescribedin29CFR§97.12.Bycopyofthisletter,thechairoftheWCFboardisnotifiedofthehigh-riskdesignation.AswebetteralignFlorida'sworkforceandeconomicdevelopmenteffortsthroughthenewDepartmentofEconomicOpportunity,accountabilityandtransparencymustbetopprioritiesfortheworkforceprofessionalsandvolunteerboardmemberschargedwithsupportingFlorida'semployersandgettingpeoplebacktoworkduringthiscriticaltimeinoureconomicrecovery.Sincerely,RickScottGovernorcc:[enniferHill,LakeCountyCommissionChairBrandonArrington,OsceolaCountyCommissionChairBrendaCarey,SeminoleCountyCommissionChairDonBurgess,SumterCountyCommissionChairLawrenceHaber,Chairman,WorkforceCentralFloridaGraySwoope,President,EnterpriseFlorida,Inc.ChrisHart,President,WorkforceFlorida,Inc.DougDarling,ExecutiveDirector,DepartmentofEconomicOpportunityCynthiaLorenzo,ExecutiveDirector,AgencyforWorkforceInnovation
 
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