ERIC Number: ED351481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-10
Reference Count: N/A
Dislocated Workers. Comparison of Programs. Testimony before the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate.
Morra, Linda G.
The two major programs to help dislocated workers make the transition to new employment are Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance (EDWAA). Both programs have shortcomings that hamper their ability to help dislocated workers: they are slow in providing assistance, the services offered are often limited and not tailored to meet individual participants' specific needs, and neither requires states to collect information on participants and program effectiveness. The President's proposal to combine them into a single, comprehensive program that serves all dislocated workers regardless of the reason for their dislocation would eliminate confusion about eligibility and simplify service delivery. Availability of "skill grants" and income support would allow workers more flexibility in choosing the type of retraining they desire. Some questions remain unanswered: (1) whether assistance provided under the President's proposal would be more timely; (2) whether assistance would be tailored to the needs of individual workers; and (3) whether states would be required to provide sufficient information to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the services provided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Dislocated Workers, Educational Finance, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Programs, Job Training, Policy Formation, Unemployment Insurance
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy, free; additional copies, $2 each; 100 or more, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers: Economic Dislocation Worker Adjust Assist Act 1988; Proposed Legislation; Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
Note: For a related document, see CE 062 235.