ERIC Number: ED329720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Laid Off. The Texas Response to Plant Closings and Layoffs.
Texas Association of Private Industry Councils, Austin.
For the benefit of Texas Association of Private Industry Council (TAPIC) volunteers who oversee dislocated worker projects, a report examined the initial efforts of putting together a cost-effective and responsive system that can reemploy people. In addition to a review of the state's role in the management and administration of the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA), TAPIC selected three local substate areas for more detailed examination. These three areas provided the basis for most of the findings and recommendations. The project identified allowable program activities within cost categories as retraining, readjustment services, supportive services, and administration. A number of programmatic and policy issues appeared to lend themselves to corrective action for substate areas: (1) extraordinary circumstances demand an extraordinary response; (2) administrators must plan for flexible program response; (3) readjustment services should be supplementary to retraining opportunities; (4) orientation phase should keep expectations realistic; (5) program prerequisites cannot substitute for program services; (6) requirements for program certification must be simplified; (7) automated applicant tracking systems must be implemented; and (8) assessment process must be reformed. In addition, it was recommended that state areas do not supplant substate area responsibility; encourage use of local resources; and discourage local delivery of services by state. The state should focus on providing training and technical assistance, program design and development, monitoring and evaluation, innovation and development, long-term planning, and financial management services for EDWAA operations. (Three appendices are included--management review methodology, correspondence, and 23 references.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Association of Private Industry Councils, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas