Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) (PL 105-220, available in PDF, 1MB, 313p., from GPO), which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), is the key federal employment and training program. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report on the quality of performance data for WIA from the states. WIA is implemented in partnership with states and localities and relies on their data to track participant outcomes. WIA overhauled how federally funded employment and training services are provided and introduced significant changes in the way performance data are collected and reported. These major shifts required that states retool their IT systems, and there were inconsistent results. This report addresses the issue of improving WIA data quality.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT: Labor and States Have Taken Actions to Improve Data Quality, but Additional Steps Are Needed
     Full Report (PDF, 868K, 45p.)
     Highlights (PDF, 92K, 1p.)
     Abstract (HTML)
     All from GAO

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