Multiple Employment Training Programs:

Overlapping Programs Can Add Unnecessary Administrative Costs

HEHS-94-80: Published: Jan 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal employment training assistance, focusing on the: (1) extent that targeted populations and program services overlap; and (2) adverse effects of any potential overlaps in service.

GAO found that: (1) although the government attempts to provide employment training assistance to disadvantaged people to help meet the challenges of increased global competition and a changing U.S. economy, many federal employment training programs target the same populations; (2) the amount of overlap in federal training programs varies according to the type of services provided; (3) although each employment training program generally has a well-intended purpose, there is the potential for duplication of effort and increased administrative costs; and (4) the nine programs that target the economically disadvantaged have similar goals, serve the same target groups, and provide many of the same services using separate delivery structures.

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