ERIC Number: ED469012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Investment Act: Interim Report on Status of Spending and States' Available Funds. Report to Congressional Requesters.
Nilsen, Sigurd R.
A study assessed whether the Department of Labor's (DOL's) information on states' Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) spending was a true reflection of states' available funds. The most recent available spending data from DOL and the 50 states were analyzed. Interviews were conducted with state workforce officials in nine states, local officials in at least one area in seven states, and officials at DOL headquarters, five regions, and four national associations. Findings indicated that DOL lacked accurate information on states' WIA spending and obligations, due to reporting inconsistencies. Lacking such comprehensive information, DOL overestimated amounts states had available to spend. WIA funds were spent within the authorized three-year timeframe. Labor established its own spending benchmarks to determine how states managed their spending, to formulate budget requests, and to target assistance efforts, but had not universally shared those targets with states. States wanted more guidance and technical assistance. Factors that affected when expenditures occurred or were reported included lengthy contract procurement, delayed provider billing, and slower spending at the state level. Fluctuating funding levels affected states' and local areas' willingness to make long-term commitments and inhibited their ability to do long-range planning. The three-page report is followed by "Spending Under the WIA," an overview of the congressional briefing. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Compliance (Legal), Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Services, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Job Training, State Agencies, State Federal Aid, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each). Web site: http://www.gao.gov. For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d021074.pdf.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998