Employment assistance programs (11 - 20 of 90 items)
Highlights of a Forum: Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities
GAO-10-812SP: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--now in its 20th year--calls for the full participation of individuals with disabilities in society, including the workforce. Yet, many barriers exist that may prevent them from staying connected or returning to employment. For instance, eligibility requirements for receiving public disability benefits or health coverage are not always consistent with help...
Employment and Training Administration: Increased Authority and Accountability Could Improve Research Program
GAO-10-243: Published: Jan 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2010.
With current rising unemployment rates and the need for a more skilled workforce, it is important for the Department of Labor's (Labor) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to invest in sound research that identifies the most effective and efficient ways to train and employ workers for 21st century jobs. While ETA traditionally has played an important role in providing job training, employ...
Workforce Investment Act: Labor Has Made Progress in Addressing Areas of Concern, but More Focus Needed on Understanding What Works and What Doesn't
GAO-09-396T: Published: Feb 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2009.
Since the Workforce Investment Act's (WIA) enactment in 1998, GAO has issued numerous reports that included recommendations regarding many aspects of WIA. These aspects include performance measures and accountability, funding formulas and spending, one-stop centers, and training, as well as services provided to specific populations, such as dislocated workers, youth, and employers. Collectively, G...
Employment and Training Program Grants: Evaluating Impact and Enhancing Monitoring Would Improve Accountability
GAO-08-486: Published: May 7, 2008. Publicly Released: May 7, 2008.
Since 2001, Labor has spent nearly $900 million on three workforce employment and training grant initiatives: High Growth Job Training Initiative (High Growth), Community-Based Job Training Initiative (Community Based), and the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED). GAO was asked to examine (1) the intent of the grant initiatives and the extent to which Labor will be able t...
Employment and Training: Most One-Stop Career Centers Are Taking Multiple Actions to Link Employers and Older Workers
GAO-08-548: Published: Apr 21, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2008.
The share of older persons in the U.S. population age 55 and older is projected to increase to 30 percent by 2025 and continue to grow through 2050. At the same time, more older persons are expected to continue working than in the past and, in doing so, may need employment and training services as they make transitions to different jobs and work arrangements. Several factors will contribute to thi...
Workforce Investment Act: One-Stop System Infrastructure Continues to Evolve, but Labor Should Take Action to Require That All Employment Service Offices Are Part of the System
GAO-07-1096: Published: Sep 4, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2007.
In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), requiring states and localities to bring together employment and training programs into a single workforce system, the one-stop system. States have flexibility in how they provide these services--colocated within the one-stop--through electronic linkage or referral. WIA did not provide funds to pay for the infrastructure costs, but progr...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Industry Certification Would Likely Make More Workers Eligible, but Design and Implementation Challenges Exist
GAO-07-919: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2007.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is the nation's primary program providing job training and other assistance to manufacturing workers who lose their jobs due to international trade. For workers to receive TAA benefits, the Department of Labor (Labor) must certify that workers in a particular layoff have lost their jobs due to trade. Congress is considering allowing entire industries to be certifi...
Workforce Investment Act: Additional Actions Would Further Improve the Workforce System
GAO-07-1051T: Published: Jun 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2007.
Since the Workforce Investment Act's (WIA) enactment in 1998, GAO has issued numerous reports that included recommendations regarding many aspects of WIA, including performance measures and accountability, funding formulas and spending, one-stop centers, and training, as well as services provided to specific populations, such as dislocated workers, youth, and employers. Collectively, these studies...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Changes Needed to Improve States' Ability to Provide Benefits and Services to Trade-Affected Workers
GAO-07-995T: Published: Jun 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2007.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, administered by the Department of Labor (Labor), is the nation's primary program providing income support, job training, and other benefits to manufacturing workers who lose their jobs as a result of international trade. In fiscal year 2006, Congress appropriated about $900 million for TAA, including about $220 million for training. GAO has conducted...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Program Provides an Array of Benefits and Services to Trade-Affected Workers
GAO-07-994T: Published: Jun 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2007.
Manufacturing workers face an uncertain future as manufacturing employment declines--more than 3 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in this country since 2000, many due to international trade. Furthermore, finding a new job may be harder for these workers because they tend to be older with have fewer transferable skills than other laid-off workers. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) prog...