ERIC Number: ED208162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The New CETA: Effect on Public Service Employment Programs. Final Report.
Mirengoff, William; And Others
A study examined the effect of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Reauthorization Act of 1978 on public service employment (PSE) programs. A field survey, conducted during June and July 1979 (two months after provisions of the amendment went into effect), assessed the early effects of the reauthorization in the following areas: serving the disadvantaged; wages, jobs, and services; transition to unsubsidized employment; and planning and administration. The act's wage and eligibility provisions are the two major forces shaping the PSE program. Because wage provisions are forcing prime sponsors to eliminate or restructure high wage PSE positions, new PSE jobs have become less attractive to persons with alternative employment opportunities and more accessible to persons with limited qualifications. The wage provisions have also reduced the number of available professional and skilled positions. Stiffer eligibility criteria not only increase the share of disadvantaged persons participating in PSE programs, but also reduce the proclivity of sponsors to use PSE workers to provide essential public services. The goal of combining training and other employability development services with PSE jobs has remained CETA's most elusive goal. Eight recommendations for improving the PSE program were made. (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Legislation, Job Skills, Job Training, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Service, Questionnaires, Surveys, Wages
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($10.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Div. of Behavioral Sciences.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act