ERIC Number: ED374225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-4
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Employment Training Programs. How Legislative Proposals Address Concerns. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment, Housing and Aviation, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives. Statement of Clarence C. Crawford, Associate Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division.
Crawford, Clarence C.
In the fragmented federal system, over 150 programs provide employment training assistance to adults and out-of-school youth. Individually, these programs have well-intended purposes. Collectively, they raise four concerns: (1) they are difficult for job seekers and employers to access and for administrators to implement; (2) they overlap and duplicate one another, adding unnecessary administrative costs to program operation; (3) they fail to meet client needs; and (4) many lack the basic monitoring and evaluation systems needed to determine whether they are achieving desired results. During the past year, members of Congress have introduced 13 legislative proposals that would restructure parts of the federal employment training system. The bills contain provisions that would reduce the number of programs, create clearer points of entry and clearer pathways between programs, or create more common definitions and requirements. Proposals that would simplify the system could also improve the system's administrative efficiency. Although some proposals include provisions concerning mix of services, only a few specifically call for an independent comprehensive assessment or better local labor market information and linkages with employers to ensure that training would prepare clients for meaningful jobs. Most proposals recognize the need to hold program administrators accountable for program performance. (Appendixes include tables comparing the proposals with regard to each of the four concerns.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, Administrators, Adult Education, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.