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Don Knabe
Supervisors vote to end contract with firm that overbilled L.A. County

Los Angeles County supervisors voted to end a contract with an agency that auditors say overbilled the county by almost $1 million in handling job-training programs for jail inmates and the unemployed. LA Works, an Irwindale-based joint-powers agency that provides workforce development services, was given a sole source contract in 2011 to teach job training and life skills classes in the jails. A recent county audit found that it had overbilled the Sheriff's Department by about $133,000 for staff time spent on non-sheriff's programs and for vacation, sick and holiday leave costs that were earned before the contract started. A separate audit found LA Works had overbilled the...