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Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Wisconsin

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The tribe is one of three agencies that administer welfare reform programs for the state of Wisconsin which will have to compete for new contracts when current deals expire at the end of the year because they failed to meet performance standards. Officials said contracts will automatically be renewed for the remaining 69 Wisconsin Works agencies which met six standards. The tribe had the lowest performance of the three which fell short. Fifty-seven percent of its clients were engaged in required employment or training activities and 46 percent of those without a high school education participated in educational activities. The state requires 80 percent compliance in both categories. "It doesn't mean that they necessarily won't be able to get the next contract," Workforce Development spokeswoman Rachel Bittner said. "They just have to compete for it. Agencies that handle the state's welfare-to-work caseload under the two-year contracts are required to track how many clients get jobs and what those people are being paid.

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