Just the Facts: The SKILLS Act Consolidates Ineffective & Redundant Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2013
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.republicans-edlabor.house.gov/SKILLSAct.
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