By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY – An audit of the state’s two local workforce investment boards has found the southern Nevada agency spent nearly twice as much on administration and monitoring of its programs than its northern counterpart.
If the southern board cut its local expenses to mirror those of the northern Nevada board, another $1.9 million would have been available to job seekers in fiscal year 2011, the review by the state Division of Internal Audits found. The audit showed the southern Nevada board spent 21 percent on administration and monitoring compared to only 11.3 percent in the north.
The audit also noted that the southern board’s budget plans for fiscal year 2012 indicated it intends to use nearly 30 percent of available federal funding on administration, monitoring and other program services.
The U.S. Department of Labor provided about $29.5 million in fiscal year 2011 to Nevada for the programs that supported over 26,000 participants. The programs are intended to help improve the employability of participants.