ERIC Number: ED310255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training Partnership Act: Comments on H.R. 2039, The JTPA Amendments of 1989. Testimony before the Committee on Education and Labor, United States House of Representatives.
Gainer, William J.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) commented on H.R. 2039, which would amend both the adult and youth titles of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). GAO's analysis suggested the following: (1) although H.R. 2039 proposes to target greater resources to those who are hard to serve by requiring that 50 percent of adult JTPA participants have one of several employment barriers, it may not change things because 71 percent of adults served already fit that category--more effective would be to require multiple barriers; (2) the bill's proposal that participants' needs be assessed upon entry to the program has merit and would eliminate the practice of providing only job search assistance unless the assessment indicates that was all that was needed; (3) the bill would require placement in jobs with career potential--an improvement would be to measure the extent to which participants are provided higher and moderate skill training, since participants who are trained in those skills get better jobs; (4) some changes need to be made to the proposed definitions and reporting requirements; and (5) Congress should be cautious in increasing the limits on administrative and support service costs because JTPA's current successful emphasis on training could be altered. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Compliance (Legal), Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Hearings, Job Training, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Public Policy
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies: $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25 percent discount).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982