Worksource has been beset by problems for multiple mayors.
In a little more than six years, the agency cycled through five chief executives. It has returned more than $1 million in federal training dollars in the last year because of missed deadlines, and been ordered to pay back money for improper payments.
In the years before that, under Mayor Bill Campbell, agency employees were accused of campaigning for him on city time.
A 2013 city audit noted the agency’s problems complying with federal regulations and cited poor management. The auditor recommended that Atlanta shut down WorkSource, but City Council members and other officials blasted the report and called for another study. That study described an unorganized agency that operated a number of disconnected programs and had little leadership.
In 2014, federal investigators stepped in after an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report uncovered a fake jobs training program. The director resigned. A WorkSource contractor was sent to prison.
This year, Bottoms announced that WorkSource Atlanta would be integrating with Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm.
WorkSource Atlanta is responsible for programs that are part of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The agency works with community partners to provide career, educational and training services to help participants find jobs that pay a livable wage.