Labor force (61 - 70 of 305 items)
Workforce Investment Act: Employers Found One-Stop Centers Useful in Hiring Low-Skilled Workers; Performance Information Could Help Gauge Employer Involvement
GAO-07-167: Published: Dec 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2006.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) required that many federal workforce employment and training programs for low-income individuals, the unemployed, and other job seekers provide their services through a streamlined delivery system. WIA also promoted greater employer engagement in this delivery system by, among other things, calling for it to help meet employers' workforce needs with servi...
Defense Space Activities: Management Actions Are Needed to Better Identify, Track, and Train Air Force Space Personnel
GAO-06-908: Published: Sep 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on space to support a wide range of vital military missions. Many factors contribute to DOD success in space activities, and having sufficient quantities of space-qualified personnel to design, oversee, and acquire space assets, on which DOD expects to spend about $20 billion in fiscal year 2007, is critical to DOD's ability to carry out its mission. The indi...
National Emergency Grants: Labor Has Improved Its Grant Award Timeliness and Data Collection, but Further Steps Can Improve Process
GAO-06-870: Published: Sep 5, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2006.
Between January 2004 and December 2005, more than 30,000 mass layoffs involving 50 or more workers occurred in the United States, causing more than 3.4 million workers to lose their jobs. National emergency grants expand services to laid-off workers when other state and federal programs are insufficient to meet their needs. GAO assessed (1) whether Labor has shortened grant award times since GAO's...
Employment Arrangements: Improved Outreach Could Help Ensure Proper Worker Classification
GAO-06-656: Published: Jul 11, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2006.
Millions of U.S. workers participate in "contingent" employment, such as temporary or part-time work, and not in permanent or full-time jobs. The Department of Labor (DOL) enforces several labor laws to protect these and other workers, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which provides minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor protections. In June 2000, GAO reported that contingent wo...
Contract Management: DOD Vulnerabilities to Contracting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
GAO-06-838R: Published: Jul 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2006.
In recent years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has increasingly relied on goods and services provided by the private sector under contract. Since fiscal year 2000, DOD's contracting for goods and services has nearly doubled, and this trend is expected to continue. In fiscal year 2005 alone, DOD obligated nearly $270 billion on contracts for goods and services. Given the magnitude of the dollar a...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Should Take Action to Ensure Performance Data Are Complete, Accurate and Accessible
GAO-06-496: Published: Apr 25, 2006. Publicly Released: May 25, 2006.
In the current tight budgetary environment, program performance is likely to be an increasingly significant factor used to help policymakers assess programs and determine funding levels. Given concerns over the quality of performance data for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and the importance of having meaningful information to assess program performance, we examined (1) whether the...
Highlights of a GAO Forum: Managing the Supplier Base in the 21st Century
GAO-06-533SP: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies face challenges to maintain suppliers capable of meeting current and future mission requirements. Changing security threats, rapidly evolving science and technology, and budget imbalances have created an uncertain acquisition environment. As DOD, Department of Homeland Security, and others seek to fundamentally transform operations, they a...
Community Services Block Grant Program: HHS Needs to Improve Monitoring of State Grantees
GAO-06-373R: Published: Feb 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2006.
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has asked GAO to review the administration of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. As part of this review, we are examining the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) efforts to monitor states' use of CSBG funds. Specifically, we have been reviewing efforts undertaken by HHS's Office of Community Services (OCS), which has pri...
Survey of Youth Opportunity Grant Program Directors, an E-supplement to GAO-06-53
GAO-06-56SP: Published: Dec 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2005.
This document presents selected results of GAO's Web-based Survey of Youth Opportunity Grant Program Directors. We asked program directors about the usefulness of program components, challenges they faced in implementing the program and strategies used to deal with them, and their opinions on the program's impact on participants and communities. In addition, we asked directors about the size and s...
Older Workers: Labor Can Help Employers and Employees Plan Better for the Future
GAO-06-80: Published: Dec 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2005.
Demographic changes pose serious challenges for employers, the economy, and older Americans. As the baby boomers near traditional retirement ages, the loss of experienced workers could have adverse effects on productivity and economic growth. Also, many older Americans face less-secure retirements due to rising health care costs, pension coverage changes, and fiscal pressures on the nation's retir...