ERIC Number: ED447274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-27
Reference Count: N/A
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Better Planning Needed To Address Future Needs. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives.
Nilsen, Sigurd R.
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers programs and activities designed to help veterans obtain employment and training assistance. By establishing one-stop centers for employment services, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) affects how VETS serves veterans. VETS has made some progress and improvements with regard to its current strategic and performance plans. It has revised its mission statement to better focus on the outcomes associated with accomplishing its mission. The plans no longer contain much extraneous information found in past plans. While VETS has improved the form and content of its plans, VETS has not established a consistent set of priorities as to which veterans it intends to target for employment assistance. It has not developed sufficient strategies to address the major and complex challenges it faces, such as how best to incorporate its programs into the workforce development system WIA established. VETS appears to be taking a reactive rather than proactive approach. While VETS recognizes that the establishment of one-stop centers will increase the number of its service delivery points, it has not developed any plans to address how it will provide assistance at all centers. The quality of some VETS' program management data is questionable, and it is unlikely VETS can accurately assess its performance nationally and know whether it improves from year to year. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Veterans, Veterans Education
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). Web site: http://www.gao.gov.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998