Employment assistance programs (71 - 80 of 344 items)
Workforce Investment Act: Interim Report on Status of Spending and States' Available Funds
GAO-02-1074: Published: Sep 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2002.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 made sweeping changes to federal employment and training programs. The act sought to unify previously fragmented programs and create a more comprehensive workforce investment system by bringing together most federally funded employment and training services into a single service delivery system known as the one-stop center system. The administration has t...
Workforce Investment Act: States and Localities Increasingly Coordinate Services for TANF Clients, but Better Information Needed on Effective Approaches
GAO-02-696: Published: Jul 3, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 2002.
The 1998 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) required states to provide most federally funded employment-related services through one-stop centers. Two years earlier, welfare reform legislation created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant which provided flexibility to states to focus on helping needy adults with children find and maintain employment. Nearly all states reported...
Workforce Investment Act: Coordination Between TANF Programs and One-Stop Centers Is Increasing, but Challenges Remain
GAO-02-500T: Published: Mar 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2002.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) brought most federally funded employment and training services into a single, one-stop center system. Coordination between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs and one-stop centers has increased since the act was implemented in 2000. Nearly all states reported some coordination at either the state or the local level. Most often, coordination to...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Greater Flexibility and Accountability Needed to Better Serve Veterans
GAO-02-192T: Published: Oct 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2001.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program allow states to hire staff members to serve veterans exclusively. The two programs are mandatory partners in the new one-stop center system created in 1998 by the Workforce Investment Act, which requires that services provided by numerous employment and training p...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Flexibility and Accountability Needed to Improve Service to Veterans
GAO-01-928: Published: Sep 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2001.
Recognizing that the country's fragmented employment and training programs were not serving job seekers or employers well, Congress enacted the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 1988. One of WIA's goals was to create a one-stop center system to help unify the services provided by many programs and give states the flexibility to design services better suited to local workforce needs. Veterans' empl...
Registered Apprenticeships: Labor Could Do More to Expand to Other Occupations
GAO-01-940: Published: Sep 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2001.
Apprenticeship, which combines supervised on-the-job training with formal instruction, benefits both employers and employees by providing the skills and knowledge necessary for a specific job and a credential recognized throughout an industry. The use of apprenticeship is standard practice in some industries, but expansion beyond traditional occupations has been limited. The Department of Labor ha...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Experiences of Six Trade-Impacted Communities
GAO-01-838: Published: Aug 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2001.
This report reviews trade adjustment assistance and other assistance programs, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA) program, to determine if they have helped distressed communities deal with the adverse impacts of trade. GAO conducted case studies in six such trade-impacted communities, all of which experienced major trade-related plant clo...
Food Stamp Program: Implementation of the Employment and Training Program for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
GAO-01-391R: Published: Feb 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2001.
Recent legislation increased funding for food stamp employment and training programs from fiscal year 1998 through fiscal year 2002, when the Food Stamp Program is scheduled to be reauthorized. To qualify for these additional federal funds, states must maintain their state-funded expenditures for employment and training at a level no lower than in fiscal year 1996; these additional funds are refer...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Trends, Outcomes, and Management Issues in Dislocated Worker Programs
GAO-01-59: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
Concerns about the effects of the globalization of national economies and the rapid pace of economic change have focused attention on federal programs designed to assist U.S. workers displaced by foreign trade and increased imports. GAO reviewed two programs run by the Department of Labor. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjust...
Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Overlapping Programs Indicate Need for Closer Examination of Structure
GAO-01-71: Published: Oct 13, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2000.
A strong competitive workforce is necessary for success in today's era of technological advances and increased global competition. Congress wants to ensure that employment and training programs foster a coherent and efficient approach to helping individuals find jobs in an environment characterized by changing labor demands. GAO identified 40 federally funded employment and training programs for w...