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Just the Facts: The SKILLS Act Consolidates Ineffective & Redundant Programs

Right now the committee is considering the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), a commonsense proposal to reform the nation’s broken job training system and help put Americans back to work.

Opponents argue the SKILLS Act makes arbitrary cuts to the nation’s workforce development system. However, a quick look at the facts helps set the record straight:

FACT: There are currently more than 50 employment and training programs administered by nine federal agencies, forcing workers and employers to navigate a confusing maze of programs.

FACT: According to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), only five workforce development programs have been evaluated to determine whether they help workers.

FACT: H.R. 803 consolidates 35 ineffective and redundant programs, including 27 identified by the GAO.

FACT: The SKILLS Act creates a single, flexible Workforce Investment Fund. This fund will serve as a single source of support for workers, employers, and job seekers.

To learn more about the committee’s efforts to reform the nation’s workforce development system, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/SKILLSAct.

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