D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday will appoint a new chairman of city’s Workforce Investment Council, filling a position that has been left vacant for half a year.
The Council, which is led by the private sector, is tasked with advising the mayor and District government on the use of federal job training dollars.
The District government has failed to spend tens of millions of dollars allocated for job training and employment programs over the past few years, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Analysts and training providers have criticized the city’s inability to fill key positions on the Workforce Investment Council. And the U.S. Department of Labor has expressed concern about the District’s failure to meet performance goals.
Washington D.C. is the only jurisdiction in the nation that the Labor Department currently classifies as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs. It is one of only two jurisdictions--along with the Virgin Islands--to be formally sanctioned by the federal government for its failure to meet performance measures in job training.
Bowser will announce the new chair at Monday’s planned Workforce Investment Council board meeting. A spokesperson for Bowser’s deputy mayor for greater opportunity said the meeting has been scheduled for months.