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Workforce Investment Act - Native American Programs

The program supports employment and training for Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians through academic, occupational, and literacy skills training. The program funds competitive grants to Federally-recognized tribes and other eligible entities. Each year, about 145 grantees serve 18,000 adults and 8,000 youth.


What This Rating Means


This rating describes a program that needs to set more ambitious goals, achieve better results, improve accountability or strengthen its management practices.
  • The program collaborates effectively with related Federal programs. Many other Federal programs serve Indians and Native Americans, including the Workforce Investment Act Adult State formula grants and programs of the Departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, Education, and Agriculture. Therefore, coordination is key to avoid duplication and maximize the programs' reach.
  • The program regularly analyzes its costs and has used this information to improve efficiency. For example, the program regularly reviews program practices and procedures and supports financial and programmatic tracking of all grants. Information technology improvements such as web-based reporting, grantee reporting software and the creation of a database allow for increased oversight.
  • Performance standards, measurement, and accountability are insufficient. Each grantee reports on three performance measures from a menu of thirteen, some of which are not indicators of important employment and earnings outcomes. Grantees must achieve only two of the three chosen goals, and only substantial and persistent performance failures result in corrective actions or grant termination.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

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

  • Improving capability to analyze program performance by collecting individual participant records.
  • Increasing federal oversight of grant recipients through more frequent on-site monitoring reviews.
  • 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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