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H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs: Increased Protections Needed for Foreign Workers
GAO-15-154: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2015.
More than 250,000 foreign workers entered the United States through the H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (nonagricultural) visa programs in fiscal years 2009 through 2013. U.S. employers use a process that involves multiple federal agencies to petition for and employ temporary foreign workers through these visa programs. The Department of State (State) reported that most workers using these visas were...
Workforce Investment Act: Results for Survey of Workforce Investment Boards (GAO-14-20SP, December 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-14-19 [Reissued on December 6, 2013]
GAO-14-20SP: Published: Dec 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2013.
This document is an E-supplement to GAO-14-19. It presents the results of GAO's web-based survey of a nationally representative sample of workforce investment boards about how the local workforce areas they oversee guided Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker participants toward training in calendar year 2012.The survey asks questions about (1) which sources of labor market informat...
Refugee Assistance: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Different Approaches for Improving Refugees' Employment Outcomes
GAO-11-369: Published: Mar 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2011.
In fiscal year 2009, the United States resettled close to 70,000 refugees fleeing persecution in their homelands. To assist in their transition to the United States and help them attain employment, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides temporary cash, medical, and other assistance through four different assistance programs. The economic downturn...
Multiple Employment and Training Programs: Providing Information on Colocating Services and Consolidating Administrative Structures Could Promote Efficiencies
GAO-11-92: Published: Jan 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2011.
Federally funded employment and training programs play an important role in helping job seekers obtain employment. The Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services (HHS) largely administer these programs. GAO's objectives were to determine: (1) whether the number of federal employment and training programs and funding for them have changed since our 2003 report, (2) what kinds of...
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...
Unemployment Insurance Measures Included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as of July 2009
GAO-09-942R: Published: Jul 27, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2009.
This letter is in response to Congressional request to provide information on measures in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to augment unemployment compensation. Unemployment has risen sharply in the current recession, with the June 2009 rate reaching 9.5 percent of the labor force nationally; 15 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rates exceeding...
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...