Labor force (101 - 110 of 305 items)
Workforce Investment Act: Exemplary One-Stops Devised Strategies to Strengthen Services, but Challenges Remain for Reauthorization
GAO-03-884T: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
This testimony highlights findings from today's report on strategies that exemplary one-stop centers have implemented to strengthen and integrate services for customers and to build a solid one-stop infrastructure. It also shares findings and recommendations from our past work on challenges that states and localities have experienced as they implement WIA, which may be helpful as WIA is reauthoriz...
Workforce Investment Act: One-Stop Centers Implemented Strategies to Strengthen Services and Partnerships, but More Research and Information Sharing is Needed
GAO-03-725: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
To create a more comprehensive workforce investment system, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 requires states and localities to coordinate most federally funded employment and training services into a single system, called the one-stop center system. This report examines how selected one-stop centers have used the law's flexibility to implement their own vision of WIA and provides informa...
Workforce Investment Act: Issues Related to Allocation Formulas for Youth, Adults, and Dislocated Workers
GAO-03-636: Published: Apr 25, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2003.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 required states to streamline employment and training services and established three separate funding streams for serving youth, adults, and dislocated workers, for which about $3.3 billion was appropriated for fiscal year 2003. The formulas for distributing these funds to the states were left largely unchanged from those used to distribute funds under th...
Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Funding and Performance Measures for Major Programs
GAO-03-589: Published: Apr 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2003.
Federally funded employment and training programs serve an important role in the nation's economy by helping job seekers enhance their job skills, identify job opportunities and ultimately find employment. While the Department of Labor is responsible for overseeing many of these programs, other agencies such as the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development also pla...
Food Stamp Employment and Training Program: Better Data Needed to Understand Who Is Served and What the Program Achieves
GAO-03-388: Published: Mar 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2003.
Since the late 1990s, many funding changes have been made to the Food Stamp E&T Program. In 1997, legislation required states to spend 80 percent of their funds on participants who lose their food stamp benefits if they do not meet work requirements within a limited time frame. The legislation also increased funds by $131 million to help states serve these participants. But spending rates for the...
Older Workers: Policies of Other Nations to Increase Labor Force Participation
GAO-03-307: Published: Feb 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2003.
In recent years, the challenges of aging populations have become a topic of increasing concern to the developed nations. These challenges range from the fiscal imbalance in national pension systems caused by fewer workers having to provide benefits for greater numbers of retirees, to potential economic strains due to shortages of skilled workers. Part of the solution to these challenges could be...
Veterans Benefits Administration: Better Staff Attrition Data and Analysis Needed
GAO-03-452T: Published: Feb 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2003.
By the year 2006, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) projects it will lose a significant portion of its mission-critical workforce to retirement. Since fiscal year 1998, VBA has hired over 2,000 new employees to begin to fill this expected gap. GAO was asked to review, with particular attention for new employees, (1) the attrition rate at VBA and the soundness of its methods for calculatin...
Older Workers: Employment Assistance Focuses on Subsidized Jobs and Job Search, but Revised Performance Measures Could Improve Access to Other Services
GAO-03-350: Published: Jan 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2003.
Some economists predict that by 2030, the United States could experience a labor shortage of 35 million workers. As the shortage approaches, one option available is to encourage people to work beyond traditional retirement ages, especially because people who are age 55 or older will constitute nearly a third of the poppulation. Accordingly, increasing demands will be made on the workforce developm...
Workforce Investment Act: States' Spending Is on Track, but Better Guidance Would Improve Financial Reporting
GAO-03-239: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2002.
The administration has twice proposed reducing the Workforce Investment Act's (WIA) budget, citing large amounts of states' unspent funds carried over from the prior year. However, in light of current economic conditions, state and local workforce officials have expressed a need for more funds, not less. GAO was asked to assess whether the Department of Labor's spending information is a true refle...
Workplace Safety and Health: OSHA Can Strengthen Enforcement through Improved Program Management
GAO-03-45: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2002.
The United States has made great progress in improving working conditions since the construction of the Empire State Building. Yet, since the early 1990s, over 50,000 workers have died from work-related accidents and millions experience work-related injuries or illnesses each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the primary federal agency responsible for protecting wor...