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Audit shows $50 million paid in illegal job pacts in D.C.

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WASHINGTON — An audit of District of Columbia contracts found that agencies awarded $50 million in illegal welfare-to-work job training contracts last year, The Washington Post reported.

The review by the district's inspector general also found that agencies gave $4 million in advance payments to companies that failed to finish jobs and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary for school security and trash collection, the Post said in their editions Saturday.

In the city's effort to find jobs for women leaving welfare, the district's financial control board and top aides to Mayor Anthony A. Williams met in February 1999 and pushed through six contracts despite their legal problems, according to the audit.

The audit examined contracts for the district public schools, health services and other agencies from spring 1998 to spring 1999.