CareerSource Florida was notified on October 4 by our state administrative and fiduciary agency, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, about new developments this week related to federal reviews involving two of Florida’s locally managed workforce development boards, CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay.
Continuing its review launched earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor has informed the state and both local boards of its plans to scrutinize job placement data for program years 2014-2017.
Additionally, CareerSource Pinellas has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding prior practices related to its reporting of job placements.
DEO’s Inspector General launched an investigation of both boards in January.
All of these reviews are for records and procedures under the tenure of the former president and CEO of both local workforce development boards, Edward Peachey. Peachey’s employment was terminated by both boards following the allegations of wrongdoing.
As the statewide workforce policy and investment board, CareerSource Florida fully supports our federal and state partners in determining whether any wrongful actions have occurred, implementing corrective procedures as needed and holding any individual who knowingly failed to follow federal and state laws accountable.
Last month, CareerSource Florida’s state Board of Directors approved CareerSource Florida Ethics and Transparency Policy 2018.09.26.A.1, which requires state and local workforce boards to create and enforce policies about the importance of ethics in operations and transparency in public meetings. Boards must ensure these policies align with federal and state laws and communicate clear expectations to board members, their designees, employees and other stakeholders.
Of utmost importance to the CareerSource Florida network is that Florida’s public workforce system fulfills its mission with honesty, accountability and transparency.