The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce occasionally produces charts, fact sheets, and other resources designed to help state and local partners educate policymakers about the true impact on jobseekers, workers, and employers of federal workforce policy and funding decisions. In addition, we set the record straight on myths and misconceptions about the effectiveness of federal workforce investments in meeting the skill needs of U.S. workers and businesses. To view other fact sheets and analyses from CIAW member organizations, please see “Other Resources.”
This two page fact sheet cites findings from a number of reports and studies that demonstrate that federal investments in the workforce system yield significant returns on investment, as well as positive employment and earnings outcomes for program participants. Download.
This fact sheet notes that while federal workforce programs could be better aligned and streamlined to ease access and service delivery for both workers and employers, it is inaccurate to suggest that there is duplication in the actual provision of services for the populations served by these individual programs. The paper points to statements in a January 2011 Government Accountability Office report on job training programs that “[e]ven when programs overlap, the services they provide and the populations they serve may differ in meaningful ways.” Download.
In supporting materials for HR 1— the FY 2011 continuing resolution passed by the House in February 2011—the House Appropriations Committee argued that the workforce system could be sustained through FY 2011 with a combination of current year funding and “carry-over” funds. This fact sheet noted that the actual amounts available to the system were significantly lower than the committee’s estimates, and looks back at lessons learned from the last Congressional effort to rescind “unexpended funds” from WIA. Download.
This two page fact sheet includes detailed talking points on how the House draft FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education bill would eliminate education and training opportunities for low-skilled, low-income individuals, including through major cuts in funding for Department of Labor training programs and drastic changes in eligibility for Pell Grant Recipients.
This chart provides a brief overview of funding levels for key employment and training programs under the Departments of Labor and Education in the final FY 2011 continuing resolution, with notes on programmatic language included in the bill and comparable FY 2010 funding levels. Download.