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ERIC Number: ED375251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-28
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Employment Training Programs. Basic Program Data Often Missing. Testimony before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
Crawford, Clarence C.
According to the General Accounting Office (GAO), at least 154 programs administered by 14 federal departments/agencies provide approximately $25 billion in annual employment training assistance. The GAO reviewed 62 of those programs in December 1993, and a U.S. Senate committee requested basic information about 88 of the programs in June 1994. After analyzing information collected during both reviews, the GAO remained convinced that a major structural overhaul of the current employment training system is needed. Although complete program performance data was found for some program, the performance data available for many others had significant gaps in such data categories as funding levels, number of participants service, participant characteristics, and outcomes achieved (including employment-related placements). The GAO, therefore, recommended that Congress begin to hold employment and training program administrators accountable for the performance of their programs. The GAO further recommended that program administrators be required to shift the emphasis of their data collection efforts from activities-based data to data about the jobs and wages participants obtained after receiving program services and that outcome data be linked to data on services provided and/or participants' demographic characteristics. (Appended are proposed FY94 funding levels for federal employment and training programs by agencies and a list of 11 related GAO products.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Basic Education, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Information Needs, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 2084-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.