State report on St. Clair County grants department lists violations

May 11, 2013 

State report lists violations

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity investigated the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department and issued a 54-page report in January.

State investigators say the county violated 11 federal regulations, according to the report.

Intergovernmental Grants Department Director Debra Moore said county employees in July submitted documents to the state detailing how they were addressing the violations, and they are continuing to respond to the concerns of state officials.

The investigators found the following "technical violations" because the grants department failed to:

* Store medical files confidentially.

* Prevent discrimination against the disabled.

* Ensure discrimination on the basis of a handicap does not affect the hiring or training of applications.

* Include a copy each directive instructing those at the local level of their duties under the federal law.

* Make a reasonable effort to include varying demographic groups in the federal program.

* Uphold federal procedures for failing complaints alleging discrimination.

* Comply with federal complaint procedures,

* Provide an initial written notice to the complainant, including a notice of their right to be represented in the process.

* Provide the complainant a written statement of the issues and develop a process for investigation,

* Follow procedures for processing discrimination complaints.

* Establish a data collection system allowing for a statistical analysis of the compliance with federal equal opportunity policy.

-- News-Democrat

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