ERIC Number: ED399394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
People with Disabilities. Federal Programs Could Work Together More Efficiently To Promote Employment. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities. House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This study identified federal programs designed to assist people with disabilities, with a special emphasis on programs promoting employment. The study focused on the extent to which information, eligibility, and services were coordinated under these programs and the efficiency of federal programs in promoting employment among people with disabilities. Findings indicated that 130 federal programs targeted people with disabilities; 26 of these programs provided direct employment services such as skills training and job search assistance. Although the federal government provided funds for all programs, the extent of the federal role in their administration varied considerably. Although many federal programs had decentralized the provision of services to state governments, the programs had adopted a variety of funding mechanisms to do so. Programs helping people with disabilities did not work together as efficiently as they could to share information about their programs and overcome obstacles posed by differing eligibility criteria and numerous service providers. Because services were not coordinated among programs, people with disabilities received duplicate services or faced service gaps. Past federal efforts to reorganize and restructure service delivery have succeeded only marginally compared with more modest, local initiatives. (Appendixes include objectives, scope, and methodology; federal programs targeting people with disabilities; federal employment initiatives targeted to people with disabilities; geographic distribution of expenditures for selected programs; and definitions. Contains 28 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Disabilities, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Program Effectiveness, State Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.