Apr 17, 2014 1:16 PM by AP
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A state audit calls on Oregon to turn its attention from getting aid to people slammed by the Great Recession to getting them jobs.
The Oregonian reports the audit from Secretary of State Kate Brown's office concludes welfare program managers have failed to hold recipients accountable for missed job appointments and sometimes went years without significant contact with recipients.
During the recession, other states tightened eligibility for cash welfare to conserve dwindling funds, but Oregon kept the doors open by steps such as slashing money for related jobs programs.
Brown said it was right to put a priority on aid, but now that the economy is recovering, it's time to focus on jobs for recipients.