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Workforce Investment Act - Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

This program provides competitive grants to fund training, employment, and other services to help economically disadvantaged farmworkers and their families. Through these services, the program seeks to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency by strengthening their ability to gain stable employment.


What This Rating Means


Programs receiving this rating are not using your tax dollars effectively. Ineffective programs have been unable to achieve results due to a lack of clarity regarding the program's purpose or goals, poor management, or some other significant weakness.
  • The program does not concentrate enough on providing training and employment. Each year, more than 60 percent of the program's approximately 30,000 participants receive only supportive services, like emergency cash assistance. Although these services are important, they do not contribute significantly to helping participants gain stable, year-round employment.
  • Services of this program duplicate other Federal efforts. For training and employment services, these workers can be served by the nationwide network of approximately 3,500 One-Stop Career Centers authorized by the Workforce Investment Act. Other forms of support are available from Federal programs such as Women, Infants, and Children; Rural Housing Service; and the Migrant Health Program.
  • In the past, performance accountability has been poor. The program is intended to award grants competitively, but there has not always been adequate competition due to too few applicants. All grantees in 1999 received continuation grants in 2001 even though many of them had consistently performed poorly.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with Congress to end this program and require the nation's approximately 3,500 One-Stop Career Centers to do a better job of reaching out to and serving farmworkers.
  • Improving partner outreach to increase the number of grant applications received by the program. More applications will strengthen the program's ability to award grants competitively.
  • Adopting efficiency measures that are linked to performance outcomes, account for all costs, and facilitate comparisons across Department of Labor training and employment programs.

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