Audit Slams State's Major Jobs-Incentives Program | Eastern North Carolina Now

A new state audit has hit the state's primary jobs-incentives program for not following up to make sure promised new jobs actually are created.

ENCNow
    Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

JDIG program criticized for not verifying jobs actually were created

    RALEIGH     A new state audit has hit the state's primary jobs-incentives program for not following up to make sure promised new jobs actually are created.

    The report released Monday by state Auditor Beth Wood cited the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program for not independently verifying that jobs were created, for not presenting all potential projects to the Economic Investment Committee charged with making the grants, and for not providing measurable criteria for determining grant award amounts.

    Wood said that the Commerce Department hadn't verified that new jobs were actually created in North Carolina, not just transferred from one company's North Carolina operation to another in-state plant.

    "You can't transfer jobs from one location to another in North Carolina and that job count as an eligible position for JDIG money," Wood said.

    Wood said that state government allowed companies to self-report.

    "At least Commerce thought they had a methodology," Wood said.

    The audit covered JDIG grants and operations in 2010 and 2011, which was before the current administration of Gov. Pat McCrory came into power.

    The audit recommended that the Commerce Department establish a method of verifying job creation independently. It also recommended that the department document with memos why applications never reached the Economic Investment Committee. And it recommended that the department establish measurable criteria for providing award amounts.

    In the department's response, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker noted that she has been in her current role for six months.

    "As in most cases with this type of review, we found areas of agreement with your recommendations and some areas of differences," Decker wrote.

    Decker wrote that the department would outline measures for providing grants by Aug. 15. She also said that quarterly lists of applicants would be provided to the committee.

    And Decker said that her office would examine best practices in other states to find out how to best verify that new jobs were indeed eligible for awards.
Go Back


Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )




Governor McCrory Applies For Federal Disaster Declaration For Seven Counties Statewide, Government, State and Federal Governor McCrory Announces Appointments


HbAD0

Latest State and Federal

As the first presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump nears, the Biden campaign is ratcheting up its attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee’s 34 felony convictions.
Approximately 6,800 people in North Carolina have sickle cell disease, of which approximately 95% are Black or African American.
President Joe Biden delivered remarks on Tuesday at gun control advocacy group Everytown’s annual conference, Gun Sense University — and as is often the case when Biden speaks about guns, critics were quick to point out a series of factual errors.
Democrat strategist James Carville raged against the legacy media this week, demanding that they take an even more biased approach when reporting on former President Donald Trump.
Republican congressman Byron Donalds said it would be a “great honor” if former President Donald Trump were to ask him to be his running-mate for 2024, saying the ultimate goal is for Trump to win and he’ll do whatever he’s asked to help him do that.
Voters in Arizona will have the opportunity to enact broad border security measures in November as the state faces a flood of illegal immigration after the Republican-led state legislature passed a resolution that will put the measures on the general election ballot.
The former White House physician for Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump says that a new report this week about how President Joe Biden is struggling to function behind closed doors represents a serious threat to the U.S.
The Tikva Forum for Families of Hostages, an Israeli group created to represent the families of those taken during Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attack, urged President Joe Biden to stop interfering with Israel’s campaign to destroy the terrorist group.
After saying the six-foot social distancing guideline during the COVID-19 pandemic “sort of just appeared,” Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday testified that his statement had been “distorted” and that it “actually” came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

HbAD1

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear one of two pending cases involving North Carolina bar owners challenging Gov. Roy Cooper's COVID-related shutdowns in 2020.
The Biden administration canceled over 350,000 asylum cases, allowing migrants to stay in the United States indefinitely in a move that experts called “mass amnesty.”
Former White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci changed his view of COVID vaccines from 2021 to 2024, clips show.
The Department of Justice announced on Friday that 75-year-old Paula Paulette Harlow was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act by taking part in a “conspiracy” to block pregnant women from entering an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C.
A GOP-led House panel is seeking access to Dr. Anthoni Fauci‘s personal email accounts and cell phone records as part of an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
Former President Donald Trump is considering having Tesla CEO Elon Musk serve in an advisory role if Trump reclaims the White House, according to a new report.
On Tuesday, special counsel Jack Smith‘s bid for a gag order against former President Donald Trump in his classified documents case got rejected by the presiding federal judge in Florida.
On Thursday, the GOP-led House passed a bill that pressures the Biden administration not to withhold arms from Israel as the U.S. ally fights Iran-backed Hamas following a deadly terrorist attack in October of last year.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top