ERIC Number: ED209526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-28
Reference Count: N/A
Information on Prime Sponsor CETA Expenditures Related to Membership Organizations. Report to the Honorable William L. Clay, House of Representatives, by the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The United States General Accounting Office reviewed prime sponsor use of Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) funds for activities related to membership organizations. Data was gathered by mailed questionnaires to 474 prime sponsors (89 percent response rate), site visits to national membership organizations, attendance at conferences sponsored by membership organizations, and telephone interviews with CETA-related membership organizations, and Department of Labor officials. The following conclusions were reached from these data. (1) It was determined that CETA's provisions are sufficiently broad to allow prime sponsors to use CETA funds to enter into membership and to pay expenses for activities related to membership organizations. (2) CETA prime sponsors spent $1.8 million in fiscal year 1979 for activities related to membership organizations. (3) Services provided by membership organizations to prime sponsors include information dissemination, technical assistance, and advocacy. (4) Benefits accruing to CETA prime sponsors from membership organizations include exchange of information, innovative programs, information about budget allocations and regulations, analyses of CETA legislation and policies, provision of a forum for discussion, and staff training. (5) There is no direct evidence that CETA funds were used for lobbying efforts by the membership organizations, although it is possible that they may be indirectly related. Prime sponsors believe expenditures related to membership organizations are justified because the services they provide are worth the cost and are frequently more useful than those provided by the Department of Labor. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Employment Programs, Expenditures, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Lobbying, National Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations, Organizational Effectiveness, Professional Associations, Program Costs, Self Evaluation (Groups)
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (First five copies free; additional copies, bound, $3.25; unbound, $1.00; 25% discount for 100 or more to same address).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act