City Paper is not for tourists
Last year, an inspector general’s report concluded that District had lost hundreds of jobs and million of dollars in potential tax revenue by failing to enforce First Source requirements for hiring of District residents on city-funded projects, mostly from the National Capitol Revitalization Commission era. Preliminary results from the latest batch of self-reported hiring totals, making up $63,724,000 over 22 contractors on six recently completed projects, show similarly dismal results—out of 452 total new hires, only 69 were D.C. residents (it should have been 226, which means 157 lost jobs). That’s 15.2 percent. Which is not 51 percent, which is the required ratio.
Although contractors still have some time to provide evidence that they hired more District residents than their reported totals show, my feeling is they should have learned how to fill out the forms by now. If they don’t, the Department of Employment Services isn’t sure whether any enforcement action can or will be taken.
Note that one of the worst-performing contracts was at DOES headquarters.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m. – As a commenter points out, it’s worth reminding ourselves that mayor Vince Gray‘s approach is to give contractors bonuses for complying with the regulations, while Kwame Brown would impose financial penalties if they don’t.
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