ERIC Number: ED354404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Issues. Transition Series.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Major policy, management, and program issues face the Congress and new administration in the area of labor. Many of the nation's youth are leaving school poorly prepared for the new work world. The nation already has a large group of economically disadvantaged people who lack necessary skills. Annually, 900,000 or more workers are at least temporarily dislocated and often need retraining or help finding a new job. To address these needs, the Congress and new Secretary of Labor must deal with an uncoordinated system of 125 employment training programs spread across 14 departments and agencies. Many programs suffer from inadequate federal and state oversight, inefficient service, improper expenditures, and questionable effectiveness. The Department of Labor (DOL) needs to ensure that workers have access to unemployment insurance benefits when they need them. The ability of the Unemployment Insurance system to provide income assistance to the unemployed and help stabilize the economy during recessions has eroded. Congress and DOL need to ensure that employers do not take shortcuts on workers' health and safety in misguided efforts to save money. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration must identify ways to increase its effectiveness. The new administration needs to ensure that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), which is facing financial issues, continues to monitor financially troubled companies and to address PBGC's long-standing management problems. (Contains 19 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Dislocated Workers, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Problems, Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Policy, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.