ERIC Number: ED348552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Job Training Partnership Act. Abuse of On-the-Job Training and Other Contracting Is an Ongoing Problem. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment and Housing, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives.
Crawford, Clarence C.
This document contains a summary of the statement of Clarence C. Crawford, Associate Director, Education and Employment Issues, Human Resources Division of the U.S. General Accounting Office. The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) provides on-the-job training (OJT). Under OJT arrangements, employers provide training in a particular occupation for a specified length of time. However, a number of problems have been identified. Local service delivery areas (SDAs) are wasting JTPA funds by developing questionable OJT contracts. Many OJT contracts for lower skill occupations are for excessive periods of time. This abuse of OJT has been addressed by JTPA amendments. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed bills that address questionable OJT practices. Both bills limit the length of time OJT can be provided for a particular occupation and suggest that recognized reference materials and the participant's work experience be considered in determining the length of training. Program management problems also exist. Improper spending of JTPA funds on program administration leaves the program vulnerable to waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Finally, there is a lack of federal and state oversight. State agencies, which have primary responsibility for overseeing JTPA implementation, often failed to detect excessive or questionable OJT contracts as well as other inadequate procurement practices. The U.S. Department of Labor needs to continue monitoring program implementation. (NLA)
Descriptors: Contracts, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, On the Job Training, Problems, Program Administration, Program Improvement, State Agencies
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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982