Photo Essay: Weatherization Program and Youth Volunteers Fix Homes and Change Lives in the Navajo Nation

Each year, something surprising happens in the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah. Hundreds of teens from all around the country gather at a nearby high school, and just five days later, dozens of local residents have newly refurbished homes that can stand up to the harsh desert elements. 


The youth are a participating with Group Mission Trips, a non-denominational Christian organization that provides opportunities for Christian youth to see a new part of the world and give service. For the camps located in southern Utah, the Department of Workforce Services Weatherization Assistance Program provides the supplies, training and expertise needed to make the needed repairs. The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments also co-sponsors the project. More...



Workforce Services Helps to Bring Down Multi-State Fraudster

 

Enhanced detection and data analytics for food stamp fraud saving taxpayers’ money

The arrest of a Little Rock, Arkansas, woman charged with 17 counts of fraud is the culmination of a multi-state and federal investigation initiated by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services Eligibility Services Division.

In early March 2016, the Eligibility Services Division investigations unit and data analytics specialist uncovered an extensive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) fraud case centered in Arkansas. The team acted quickly to notify Salt Lake City’s special agent with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General (USDA/OIG), and identified possible suspects and began gathering evidence. More...



Workforce Wednesday: Supporting local communities


Most people associate the Department of Workforce Services primarily with workforce development and job service programs. What many don’t realize is that we do far more than supporting job seekers and employers. One of the programs administered by the department is the Permanent Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Board (CIB) oversees this fund and provides loans and grants to counties, cities and towns that are impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands. More...