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Responsibilities Not Fulfilled by Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission; Program Performance Declines, Report No. 02-06, January 2002
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  • Administrative costs are estimated to have increased since the Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission has been established, due to higher indirect costs assessed by the Department of Education.
  • The commission has not effectively planned or implemented its efforts to privatize program services.  It has provided large start-up grants to new providers with little documentation, and it has not developed adequate oversight mechanisms.  As a result, program costs have substantially increased while program outcomes have declined.  The federal government has expressed concerns about the commission’s privatization efforts, and it has classified the state as a high-risk grantee, which could jeopardize up to $100 million in federal funds.
  • We believe that it would not be sound public policy to continue the commission in its present form, and recommend that the commission be eliminated and the Department of Education be given primary responsibility for managing the vocational rehabilitation program.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Vocational Rehabilitation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-34 The Business Enterprise Program Has Improved Vendor Contract Opportunities, Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in May 2008.
  • Report No. 06-73 Business Enterprise Program Needs to Modify Enterprises and Improve Vendor Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in December 2006.
  • Report No. 05-14 OPPAGA Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Performance Has Been Mixed Since the Abolishment of Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 03-51 Progress Report: Agency Implements Recommendations to Improve Vocational Rehabilitation Services, published in September 2003.
  • Report No. 98-67 PB² Performance Report for the Rehabilitation Program, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-04 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Rehabilitation Program Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, published in July 1998.
  • Report No. 97-53 Review of the Fiscal Year 1996-97 Performance of the Department of Labor and Employment Security's Rehabilitation Program Compared to General Appropriations Act Performance Standards, published in February 1998.
  • Report No. 95-24 Employment Training Programs: Varied Purposes and Varied Performance, published in January 1996.

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