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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/30/2010

D.C. agency did not do background checks

By Washington Post editors

A D.C. government agency that received nearly $1 million a year to provide child care services under the federal Head Start program failed to conduct background checks on its employees, including workers previously convicted of drug and other felony offenses, a federal audit released Monday found, The Washington Times reports.

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), which no longer operates child care centers under the program, failed to meet basic background check requirements for its 43 employees, investigators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

The workers include six DPR drivers who should have been disqualified from working with children because of past offenses such as kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute, according to the report.

Read more about the audit in The Washington Times.

By Washington Post editors  | November 30, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

I'm Shocked!!!(NOT)

Posted by: soccerhead | November 30, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse


If DC conducted background checks on their workers, they'd have a total of 3 employees able to pass them.

Posted by: kenk33 | November 30, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Shocked!!

Posted by: soccerhead | November 30, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This is exactly why I dont put my kids in summer camp at DC parks and Recs...I live in the Petworth neighborhood so I know who they hire at these rec centers and I would DIE first before I subjected my kids to that kind of hell....

Posted by: iman_streety | November 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The ineptitude of DC government never ceases to amaze me. Is it any wonder people complain about paying taxes when their money is wasted like this?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Elect Gray has a huge task before him. DC Govt Departments need to be santized and purged. Some heads should roll with this kind of attitude when so many well deserved and qualified people are looking for jobs, and they hire these low life cockroaches. It's interesting to see what happens to the decision makers for this incident, and would not be surprised if nothing. Some of Parks & Rec staff must be on recreational drugs. Our children lives were in danger and parents should not have to be concerned that their children are not in the best of hands with the government employees. Given that Fenty used Parks & Rec as though it was his private playground by the way he fired and treated the staff. Now we see why Fenty did not allow his children to play with the commoners. It would be interesting who blew the whistle on these jerks!

Posted by: ejones2 | November 30, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

And Health and Human Services still sends them plenty of dough ($)? Kenk33...love your comment!

Posted by: stellamaris | November 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This is why these people lower the hiring standards. How many of these felons in DC have had thier records expunged?

Posted by: mark0004 | November 30, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"Don't worry, Sir. A felony is no big thing. We're happy we finally found someone to fill the position who graduated from high school. You're hired! You'll be paid for 40 hours a week but due to the union contract you only have to work 20 hours. And yes, you may carry a firearm in the office & deal drugs in the parking garage."

Posted by: TaxiDriver | November 30, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the Childcare program Fenty cut last year? Aren't these the workers Harry Thomas defended and what caused Hartsock's confirmation?

Wasn't cutting this program the reason Mary Cheh used to reject her?
Maybe Hartsock was right after all!? ! Wow!

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same workers Harry Thomas defended? Wasn't cutting this program the reason why Hartsock didn't get confirmed?
Maybe she was right after all! Mayor elected Gray needs to give DPR to a different council member or this agency will never improve.

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same workers Harry Thomas defended? Wasn't cutting this program the reason why Hartsock didn't get confirmed?
Maybe she was right after all! Mayor elected Gray needs to give DPR to a different council member or this agency will never improve.

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same workers Harry Thomas defended? Wasn't cutting this program the reason why Hartsock didn't get confirmed?
Maybe she was right after all! Mayor elected Gray needs to give DPR to a different council member or this agency will never improve.

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same workers Harry Thomas defended? Wasn't cutting this program the reason why Hartsock didn't get confirmed?
Maybe she was right after all! Mayor elected Gray needs to give DPR to a different council member or this agency will never improve.

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same workers Harry Thomas defended? Wasn't cutting this program the reason why Hartsock didn't get confirmed?
Maybe she was right after all! Mayor elected Gray needs to give DPR to a different council member or this agency will never improve.

Posted by: concerned4dc | December 3, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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