McMonigle, Anne

Anne McMonigle is a project coordinator at the California Labor Federation - Workforce and Economic Development Program.

Recent Audit Finds That More Can be Done to Help California’s Unemployed

By Anne McMonigle
California Labor Federation

Last week, the California State Auditor released a report finding that more effective state planning and oversight is necessary for implementing the federal Workforce Investment Act in California. The findings in the audit confirm what many of us working in the WIA system already knew to be true: a nonalignment of state agency practices and policies and a complacent attitude towards performance measures, has done a disservice to California employers and job seekers alike. Highlights of the recent audit include the following:

  • The California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) has not always complied with federal and state laws.
  • Although required by state law since 2006, the CWIB failed to develop a strategic workforce plan for California.
  • Steps to identify unnecessary duplication among WIA programs and activities have not been taken.