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Review of Start-up and Early Implementation Efforts Related to the WAGES Privatization Pilot Projects, Report No. 98-35, December 1998
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  • As of December 1998, the State WAGES Board established pilot projects operated by private providers in three representative sites as required by law. Although the pilot projects were providing employment services, they were not yet providing diversion and eligibility determination as intended due to the need to obtain approval from the federal government.
  • There are currently few differences between the pilot projects and the state-run WAGES programs.
  • Although the pilot projects have been operating for only a short while, stakeholders have strong opinions and contrasting viewpoints about the potential success of privatizing WAGES services. Our subsequent evaluation, due in December 1999, will assess these outcomes.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Welfare Transition

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-30 Program Review: WAGES Caseload Declines; the Program Faces Participant Employment Challenges, published in January 2000
  • Report No. 99-21 Performance Review: WAGES Employment Projects Initiative Must Address Its Design and Implementation Problems, published in December 1999
  • Report No. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 95-24 Employment Training Programs: Varied Purposes and Varied Performance, published in January 1996.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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