ERIC Number: ED405461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-6
Reference Count: N/A
Department of Labor. Challenges in Ensuring Workforce Development and Worker Protection. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives.
Joyner, Carlotta C.
In Fiscal Year 1997, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has an estimated budget of $34.4 billion and is authorized 16,614 full-time-equivalent staff-years. DOL's many programs fall into two major categories: enhancing workers' skills through job training and ensuring worker protection. The DOL's work force development mission is being challenged by the federal government's patchwork of job training programs, which are characterized by overlap/duplication. Although the responsibility for delivering the employment training services required by recently passed welfare-to-work legislation rests with state and local governments, the DOL will likely be called upon to encourage/facilitate and integrate needed employment training services. For the past 2 years, the DOL has worked to use its resources more efficiently and make its worker protection efforts more service oriented. With regard to its worker protection mission, the DOL faces regulatory challenges in two specific areas: redesigning the wage determination process under the Davis-Bacon Act and developing and enforcing regulations regarding portability of employer-provided health insurance. In response to recent legislation designed to improve federal agencies' management practices, the DOL is working to improve its management practices, mission performance, financial reporting, and information management and use of information technology. (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, Agency Role, Cost Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Health Insurance, Information Management, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Legislation, Occupational Safety and Health, Program Costs, Program Implementation, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Welfare Reform
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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.