ERIC Number: ED467244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-16
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Investment Act: Coordination of TANF Services through One-Stops Has Increased Despite Challenges. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment, Safety, and Training, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate. Statement of Sigurd R. Nilsen, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues.
Nilsen, Sigurd R.
Coordination between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-related programs and Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)'s one-stop centers increased since spring 2000, when WIA was first implemented. Nearly all states reported some coordination between the programs at either the state or the local level. Most often, coordination took one of these two forms: through co-location whereby a client accessed TANF-related programs at the local one-stop, or through referrals and electronic linkages to off-site programs. How services were delivered also depended on state and local preferences and conditions. Despite progress, states and localities continued to report challenges. WIA funds may not be readily used to serve TANF clients in the one-stops because WIA's performance measures may discourage serving clients who may not be successful. Even when officials chose to use the one-stop system to provide TANF-funded services, other challenges remained, largely stemming from infrastructure limitations and different program definitions and reporting requirements. Some local areas found innovative ways to provide TANF services in the one-stops, often focusing their efforts on resolving the issues that had been found in the fragmented employment training system. Early evidence showed states and localities were increasing their efforts to bring services together to fit local needs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Government Role, Job Training, Legislation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015. Web site: http://www.gao.gov. For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02739t.pdf.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Workforce Investment Act 1998