Job Programs Cost Billions, Services Overlap
February 14, 2011
The federal government spends $18 billion a year on 47 separate job training programs run by nine different agencies, says USA Today.
- All but three programs overlap with others to provide the same services to the same population, according to a government report released last week.
- The Government Accountability Office found that "little is known about the effectiveness" of the programs because half haven't had a performance review since 2004.
- Only five have ever had a study to determine whether job seekers in the program do better than those who don't participate.
Source: Gregory Korte, "U.S. Jobs Program Tab: $18B per Year," USA Today, February 10, 2011.
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