Have you ever felt like you are under a microscope?  Well, Workforce Essentials lives under one.  Compliance is a primary component of operating state and federal grants, which brings me to the point of the recent WIA monitoring conducted by the Program Accountability Review (PAR) team of the Tennessee Department of Labor.

The PAR unit was on-site in Clarksville for a week to review 16 contracts and over $9.9 million dollars in grant funding.  I’m happy to report that after the intensive review, the PAR unit issued a “zero finding”, clean report.  This is a compliment to the entire staff.  The Par team looks at both fiscal and programmatic areas.  This means that program eligibility, participant files, operational controls, payroll, support services, human resources, and many more areas are scrutinized to ensure that we are operating in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

I want to express my appreciation to everyone for operating with integrity and within the guidelines of each grant.  This doesn’t happen automatically.  A great deal of training is required to ensure that policies and procedures are followed.   Continuous learning is a requirement in everyone’s job description.  A special thanks to Renee Hollis who is conducting training for staff this week on Salesforce and to those that have been in the Clarksville to learn the new system.  Also, Barbara Unruh is in fiscal training this week in Nashville conducted by the Tennessee Department of Labor.

It takes a vast amount of training to keep up with ever changing world of grants management.  It is this on-going effort that allows Workforce Essentials to receive a clean monitoring report!

Marla W. Rye, President