Multiple Employment Training Programs:

Overlap Among Programs Raises Questions About Efficiency

HEHS-94-193: Published: Jul 11, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal employment training system, focusing on employment programs that target economically disadvantaged persons, dislocated workers, older workers, and youth.

GAO found that: (1) 30 of the 38 programs it reviewed share common program goals, target comparable clients, provide similar services, and use parallel delivery approaches; (2) program administration is scattered among several federal agencies; (3) programs operating at the local level often share resources and provide assistance to clients enrolled in other programs, sometimes to the extent that it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of individual programs; and (4) consolidation of the overlapping programs and decisions concerning participant eligibility and the level of services provided under a new consolidated program require more extensive study.

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