ERIC Number: ED441979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Status and the Integration of TANF Services. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training and Life-Long Learning, Committee on Education and the Workforce; and the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives.
Fagnoni, Cynthia M.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) focuses on integrating and streamlining services, requiring that most employment and training services, including those provided under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, be provided through the One-Stop Center System. States are implementing WIA, but not all will have all steps completed by July 1, 2000. While WIA does not require states to provide all mandatory program services on-site at one-stop centers, states report that many services are. The largest sources of funding to support the one-stop infrastructure and operations are most often WIA-mandated labor programs. A majority of states report at least some relationship between one-stop centers and TANF, an optional program under WIA, at the state or local level. Challenges to implementing an integrated system result from establishing and formalizing WIA-required partnerships; developing the one-stop infrastructure; and integrating program services while responding to multiple federal requirements. Despite challenges, states and localities are developing promising integrated service delivery approaches. Areas critical to successful service integration under WIA are attracting and serving employers; bringing in job seekers; creating a customer-friendly environment for job seekers; providing job seekers with tailored and seamless services; and helping job seekers become self-sufficient. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Employment Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Integrated Services, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, State Programs, Statewide Planning
For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/he00145t.pdf.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Workforce Investment Act 1998