Labor official who took blame for problems at federal Job Corps program resigns

WASHINGTON – A top Labor Department official who took the blame for budgeting mistakes and cost overruns at the federal Job Corps program has resigned.

Jane Oates says in an email to employees that she is leaving her position as assistant secretary of the agency’s Employment and Training Administration at the end of the month.

The email, sent on Monday, was obtained by The Associated Press. It cites her accomplishments as assistant secretary and does not mention problems at Job Corps.

Earlier this year, Labor officials suspended new admissions to the program for three months after it experienced two consecutive years of budget shortfalls totalling more than $90 million.

The freeze prevented more than 10,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth from getting job training at 125 Job Corps centres around the country.