Labor Issues

OCG-93-19TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized information on federal labor issues facing Congress and the new administration.

GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Labor needs to foster competition and assist workers to adapt to the changing environment of the workplace; (2) Labor faces significant challenges because of an inadequate education system, an increasing unskilled workforce, and a large number of temporarily dislocated workers who need job retraining; (3) problems with some of the government's 125 employment programs include inadequate state and federal oversight, inefficient service, a lack of coordination between programs, extreme high cost, and questionable program effectiveness; (4) Labor needs to provide workers with greater access to unemployment and retirement benefits; and (5) solutions to ensure the safety and health of workers are needed.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Labor has developed a proposed legislative framework for a work-force investment strategy that includes a comprehensive worker adjustment service, a one-stop career center system, and a national labor market information system.

    Matter: Congress and the Administration should focus on creating a more coherent, effective, and accountable employment training system.


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