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Performance Review of the Job Training Partnership Act Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security , Report No. 94-41, March 1995
 


  • The Department of Labor and Employment Security has developed procedures to ensure that the Service Delivery Areas (SDAs) assess and meet the training needs of the local population. For example, SDAs must establish procedures to assess participants' needs (e.g., education, training, employment, and social services). In addition, the SDAs must provide training for occupations for which there is a demand in the area where participants will be seeking employment. However, the Department's monitoring efforts have focused on ensuring compliance with federal requirements as opposed to assessing the effectiveness of SDAs training strategies. Monitoring the effectiveness of JTPA services is needed to help improve the ability of the SDAs to meet participant training needs (e.g., by modifying training services to increase the portion of participants entering training-related jobs).
  • DLES monitors the SDAs to determine whether they have procedures to prevent duplication of financial aid payments and employment training services. However, there are internal control weaknesses that may allow local education agencies to receive duplicate payments for services rendered to JTPA participants.
  • We identified five initiatives that are currently being implemented or should be considered for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of employment training programs in Florida. First, to improve the delivery of employment training services, the Jobs and Education Partnership should review the current 22 state employment training programs and make recommendations for consolidation to the Legislature. Second, DLES should continue with its plans to expand the recently established one- stop career centers to include eligibility determination for other programs such as JTPA. Third, once the one-stop centers are expanded, DLES should evaluate how opportunity cards can be used in conjunction with the delivery of employment training program services. Fourth, to improve coordination and cooperation among employment training programs, the state should assign the Jobs and Education Partnership with oversight responsibility for employment training programs in Florida. Finally, to help implement an alternative use of JTPA funds through performance-based incentive funding, DLES should continue to work with the Department of Commerce, the Jobs and Education Partnership, and other state officials to ensure that implementation of this initiative will not endanger the receipt of federal funds.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Workforce Services
School District Workforce Education
Vocational Rehabilitation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 98-03 Follow-Up Report on the Enterprise Florida Jobs and Education Partnership, published in July 1998.
  • Report No. 96-54 Follow-Up Report on the Review of the Job Training Partnership Act, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 95-16 Review of Enterprise Florida Jobs and Education Partnership, published in December 1995.

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