Labor force (21 - 30 of 46 items)
Unemployment Insurance: Better Data Needed to Assess Reemployment Services to Claimants
GAO-05-413: Published: Jun 24, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2005.
With unemployed workers at a greater risk of long-term unemployment than in the past, it is increasingly important to quickly connect Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants with reemployment activities. However, the shift to remote claims filing in many states has raised concerns about maintaining a connection between the UI program and reemployment services. This report examines (1) the extent to...
Immigration Enforcement: Preliminary Observations on Employment Verification and Worksite Enforcement Efforts
GAO-05-822T: Published: Jun 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2005.
The opportunity for employment is one of the most important magnets attracting illegal aliens to the United States. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 established an employment eligibility verification process and a sanctions program for fining employers for noncompliance. Few modifications have been made to the verification process and sanctions program since 1986, and immigrat...
Workforce Investment Act: Labor Should Consider Alternative Approaches to Implement New Performance and Reporting Requirements
GAO-05-539: Published: May 27, 2005. Publicly Released: May 27, 2005.
In a period of significant budget constraints, it is more vital than ever for federal programs to have good performance information. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 took a significant step in that direction by introducing greater accountability for employment and training programs than prior programs. WIA established performance measures to look at a broad array of participant outcomes...
Social Security: Societal Changes Add Challenges to Program Protections
GAO-05-706T: Published: May 17, 2005. Publicly Released: May 17, 2005.
Before Social Security was enacted in 1935, at least half of those 65 and older in the United States were financially dependent upon others, including family members and public assistance. Today, the elderly's dependency on public assistance has dropped to a fraction of its depression-era levels, and poverty rates among this group are now lower than for the population as a whole. However, Social S...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Reforms Have Accelerated Training Enrollment, but Implementation Challenges Remain
GAO-04-1012: Published: Sep 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2004.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reform Act of 2002 consolidated two programs serving trade-affected workers and made changes to expand benefits and decrease the time it takes for workers to get services. GAO was asked to provide information on (1) how key reform provisions have affected program services, (2) what have been the challenges in implementing new provisions, (3) whether demand for...
Workforce Investment Act: States and Local Areas Have Developed Strategies to Assess Performance, but Labor Could Do More to Help
GAO-04-657: Published: Jun 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
With rising federal deficits and greater competition for public resources, it is increasingly important for federal programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs, to show results. This report examines (1) how useful WIA performance data are for gauging program performance; (2) what local areas are doing to manage their WIA performance and assess one-stops on a timely basis, and how...
Workforce Investment Act: Labor Actions Can Help States Improve Quality of Performance Outcome Data and Delivery of Youth Services
GAO-04-308: Published: Feb 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2004.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) has been in effect for several years and is currently undergoing reauthorization. In order to provide the Congress with information on the implementation and effectiveness of the WIA youth program, GAO was asked to explore how services have been delivered at the local level, whether the Department of Labor's guidance has addressed challenges faced by local areas,...
Workforce Training: Almost Half of States Fund Employment Placement and Training through Employer Taxes and Most Coordinate with Federally Funded Programs
GAO-04-282: Published: Feb 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2004.
As technological and other advances transform the U.S. economy, many of the nation's six million employers may have trouble finding employees with the skills to do their jobs well. Some experts indicate that such a skill gap already affects many employers. To help close this skill gap, both federal- and state-funded programs are providing training and helping employers find qualified employees. In...
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...
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...