ERIC Number: ED394003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Rehabilitation. Better VA Management Needed To Help Disabled Veterans Find Jobs. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The General Accounting Office examined the effectiveness of the vocational rehabilitation program administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) in helping disabled veterans obtain and maintain employment. Data were obtained from the following sources: analysis of the VA's nationwide database on all program applicants and their progress; site visits to four VA field offices; and interviews with officials of the VA and other agencies involved in rehabilitating disabled individuals. The VA's vocational rehabilitation program was determined to be focused on sending veterans to training rather than on finding them suitable jobs, and its relationships with other departments/agencies that offer job search activities were found to have yielded only limited job search assistance for disabled veterans. Of the 202,000 veterans (of 276,500 applicants) deemed eligible for the VA vocational rehabilitation program between October 1983 and February 1991, 142,600 (71%) later dropped out, 48,450 (24%) were still in the program, and 10,950 (5%) had been rehabilitated. It was concluded that existing VA standards for measuring service do not challenge VA staff to provide better service and that better VA management is needed to help disabled veterans find jobs. (Appended is a list of major contributors to the report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Employment Programs, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Public Agencies, Veterans, Vocational Rehabilitation
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (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.