More Benefits to Jobless Can Be Obtained in Public Service Employment

HRD-77-53: Published: Apr 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1977.

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The Department of Labor public service employment programs designed to create more jobs for unemployed people and to provide services to the community, have encountered many problems. However, those served by the programs have been pleased with the benefits.

Much money has been appropriated, but unemployment has been reduced only slightly. Problems with the employment programs include: too little money in relation to unemployment; funds were not always used to create new job opportunities; relatively few participants obtained permanent, unsubsidized jobs; some program objectives were compromised due to the recession; and ineligible participants got into the program.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should improve program administration by: 1) improving maintenance-of-effort administration by having prime sponsors fully justify their use of funds to provide services previously funded by nonfederal sources; 2) improving benefits to participants by actively seeking out unsubsidized job opportunities; 3) improving benefits to communities by such measures as funding only those activities which clearly will result in public service benefits; 4) improving the participant selection process by requiring prime sponsors to uniformly apply residency requirements for eligibility; and 5) improving other aspects of program administration, such as increased monitoring by Labor's regional offices and prime sponsors.

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