Much More Could Be Done for Veterans in Employment and Training Programs

HRD-78-166: Published: Dec 29, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1978.

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Services offered by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and U.S. Employment Service programs to give designated classes of Armed Forces veterans special treatment are in definite need of improvement.

CETA programs are managed by over 450 prime sponsors operating under the Department of Labor's (DOL) regulations. The regulations in effect at the time of GAO's field work provided that special consideration be given to disabled veterans, special veterans, and recently separated veterans, groups hereafter to be referred to as "priority veterans." Priority veteran participation in the programs during fiscal year 1977 ranged from 4 to over 20 percent depending on the sponsor and the program involved. Although special consideration was required, DOL had not provided its regional offices or sponsors guidance on giving special consideration to priority veterans. Sponsors' program plans varied considerably in describing how special consideration would be provided. DOL monitoring of the sponsors' programs generally did not determine whether priority veterans received any special treatment. Because of these shortcomings, priority veterans had not received special treatment.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: DOL should: establish guidelines on the special treatment to be given to the various categories of veterans; provide guidance to sponsors on how to obtain and use planning data on unemployed veterans in the different categories when sponsors establish participation goals; and increase its monitoring of sponsors' procedures for giving special treatment to the various categories of veterans. DOL should also revise reporting requirements to eliminate duplicate counting of veteran participants and direct that sponsors maintain data on the extent to which the various categories of veterans entitled to special treatment apply for the programs. Sponsors should also maintain participant data for each subgrantee.

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