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Does Federal Job Training Funding Work? DOL Needs More Data

Publication Date: April 5, 2017

Are federal dollars well spent on Job Corps and other training programs? The Labor Department needs to sharpen its data to help answer that question, training advocates told a House appropriations subcommittee April 4.

The suggestion comes as lawmakers are reviewing such programs amid the Trump administration’s proposal for budget cuts. Lawmakers are also seeking ways to help bridge skills gaps and respond to the needs of the nation’s evolving workforce.

The suggestion for stronger DOL data isn’t new, but it could be more important as the Trump administration calls for belt-tightening.

Allocating funding and gauging existing programs requires “greater need for labor data” and “good labor skills data,” Zoë Baird, CEO and president of the Markle Foundation, told the lawmakers.


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