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Workforce Investment Act - Adult Employment and Training
This program helps adults to find employment, keep their jobs, and increase their earnings. The program funds grants to States that, together with local communities, provide adults with services including employment counseling, job search assistance, job training, and placement in a job.
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 has generally performed well for participants and is working to improve. Progress is determined by participants' employment and earnings. Between 2000 and 2004, the program exceeded its goals of helping participants to find jobs and keep them. Earnings results for participants have improved in each of the last four years.
- States and local communities have insufficient flexibility to help workers in innovative ways due to separate Federal funding streams and requirements. Under current law, this program and the Dislocated Worker and Employment Service programs that also fall under the Workforce Investment Act are separate, even though they deliver similar services to workers through local "One-Stop Career Centers."
- Too many resources are spent on administrative overhead. Separate funding streams and current regulations result in excessive administrative expenses for State and local offices. As a result, resources are diverted from providing workers job training and other services.
About Improvement Plans
We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:
- Working with Congress to reform the Workforce Investment Act. Reforms will consolidate funding for related programs, reduce administrative overhead and increase States' flexibility to tailor services.
- Conducting an evaluation to determine WIA services' impact on employment and earnings outcomes for participants. An evaluation using existing administrative data will be completed by December 2008.
- Improving reporting efficiency, program management and accountability through the collection of new information with WISPR, a common reporting system for WIA, TAA, and Wagner Peyser Programs.