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Apprenticeship Program Under Fire for Alleged Misuse of Funds

Nov. 6, 2019, 11:56 AM

The Labor Department misused more than $1 million to finance a White House-directed apprenticeship program after repeatedly telling Congress that existing funding would not be spent on the initiative, the DOL has confirmed.

Policy Centerpiece: The Trump administration intended for the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program to be the centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s labor policy, but the Labor Department has yet to finalize a rulemaking that would establish the new apprenticeship system—and Congress hasn’t provided any funding for it.

Advancing Proposal: DOL officials have acknowledged, however, that their review of three outside contracts totaling $32 million found that $1.1 million in...

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