The Veterans Administration's Programs for On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship

HRD-82-111: Published: Aug 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration (VA) apprenticeship and on-the-job training (OJT) programs to determine how effectively they were being administered and their impact on veterans' incomes.

The GAO study revealed certain administrative problems. Specifically, GAO found that VA approval for OJT and apprentice programs was unjustified in some cases and, for some training programs, inappropriate for the assistance periods established. GAO concluded that more careful development of claims and better supervisory review could reduce them, because most of the problems seemed to result from inattention to detail or incorrect computations.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Chief Benefits Director, Department of Veterans Benefits, VA, should emphasize to the regional offices the importance of adequate review concerning: (1) the acceptability of the wage terms shown on the wage agreement submitted to VA; (2) the proper consideration of any credit given by employers for prior experience or training when establishing the length of time for which assistance is awarded; and (3) the accuracy of ending dates for VA assistance to assure that veterans receive benefits for appropriate periods.

    Agency Affected: Veterans Administration


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