Sneak Preview: DOL Urged To Publish Five-year E&T Program Plan

Jerry Ashworth
April 12, 2019 at 09:40:14 ET
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(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) As the Department of Labor (DOL) develops a long-term strategic research plan to better align and coordinate its employment and training (E&T) programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging the department to collaborate better with other federal agencies to reduce fragmentation and overlap among these programs.

In a report to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, GAO sought to evaluate the number of current E&T programs since it last reviewed them in 2011, the extent to which these programs provide duplicate services to the same population, and the steps federal agencies have taken to address previously identified fragmentation and overlap.

E&T programs funded through federal financial assistance help job seekers enhance their job skills, identify job opportunities and obtain employment. These E&T programs include six authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). Four of these programs are administered by DOL: WIOA Adult Program, WIOA Dislocated Worker Formula Program, WIOA Youth Program and Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service. Two are administered by the Department of Education (ED) — Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program and State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.

Overall, GAO found that the number of E&T programs governmentwide has decreased since the 2011 report. For federal fiscal year 2017, GAO identified 43 E&T programs, four fewer than in 2011, across nine federal agencies. Among the programs eliminated under WIOA were DOL’s Workforce Investment Program. Also eliminated were ED’s Grants to States for Workplace and Community Transition Training for Incarcerated Individuals Program, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program and Projects with Industry Program.

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