GAO releases new report, "Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers"

Posted by Andrala Walker - On April 10, 2012 (EST)

GAO releases new report, "Innovative Collaborations Between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Local Needs"

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a new report that highlights the successful efforts of 14 local workforce investment boards to facilitate innovative collaborations with employers.  As the United States continues to face high unemployment in the wake of the recent recession, federally funded workforce programs can play an important role in bridging gaps between the skills present in the workforce and the skills needed for available jobs.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) sought to strengthen the connection between workforce programs and employers, but GAO’s prior work found that collaboration remains a challenge. With WIA currently awaiting reauthorization, GAO reviewed (1) factors that facilitated innovative collaborations among workforce boards, employers, and others; (2) major challenges to collaboration; and (3) actions the Department of Labor has taken to support local collaborative efforts. GAO examined 14 local initiatives identified by experts as among the most promising or innovative efforts in which local workforce boards collaborated effectively with employers and other partners to achieve positive results. GAO interviewed representatives of the 14 initiatives and officials from five federal agencies. GAO also reviewed reports on the initiatives and relevant federal laws, regulations, and other documents.

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