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D.C. Job Training Contracts Pulled After Procurement Problems

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D.C.'s year-round job training program for the city's young people is in trouble. According to the Washington Post, the District canceled its contracts for the program because there were problems with the procurement process.

Nearly 700 young people are enrolled in the program. Ten groups were awarded contracts to work with them, some of these contracts were worth more than $100,000. The Post reports the contracts were pulled after a losing bidder appealed to the Office of Contracting and Procurement.

"Among the many services we need in this city, training people for jobs is one of the most important," Mayor Vincent Gray says. "So to have to delay this is...it's a very sad set of circumstances, on the other hand, we obviously have to have a legally sound process."

Gray says it looks like all of the groups will have to resubmit their bids so the city can get the program up-and-running again.

The contracts were awarded in December, before Gray was sworn in as mayor.


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