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Job Placement Assistance For Displaced Workers

T-GGD-92-6: Published: Dec 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 1991.

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GAO discussed the federal government's efforts to assist displaced federal workers. GAO noted that: (1) Department of Defense (DOD) data showed that DOD placed 23 percent of the Priority Placement Program's (PPP) 25,484 priority 1, 2, and 3 registrants during fiscal year (FY) 1991; (2) 3,896 PPP registrants remained employed because of Operation Desert Storm and DOD removed 5,841 priority 1 registrants from the program because they declined valid job offers; (3) in FY 1991, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made a combined total of 2,167 referrals for the 4,000 Interagency Placement Assistance Program and Displaced Employee Program participants and placed 58 people in other federal jobs; (4) of the approximately 100,000 appointments made each year under the competitive process, approximately half of those hires account for hires under delegated examining authorities and half are evenly divided between direct hiring authorities and competitive service hires under OPM; (5) the Department of Labor's (DOL) Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act program's current fund has been supplemented by a $150-million transfer from DOD to DOL to specifically target workers affected by DOD cutbacks; and (6) the joint OPM-DOD Defense Outplacement Referral System, the most comprehensive database of job seekers, does not contain federal civilian agencies' employees.

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