Department of Labor Needs to Give CETA Prime Sponsors More Guidance and Assistance for Implementing Monitoring Requirements.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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Section 121 of the CETA Amendments of 1978 required each prime sponsor to establish an independent unit for monitoring compliance with the act, the regulations issued thereunder, and the prime sponsors comprehensive employment and training plan. The Secretary of Labor was required to annually assess the effectiveness of these units, particulary the adequacy of provisions made for funding, staffing, and insuring the independence and objectivity of monitoring practices and methods. Our overall objective was to assess Labors and prime sponsors implementation of the monitoring requirements. In this regard, we concentrated on IMU staffing, training, and monitoring activities since the 1978 amendments were enacted. To accomplish our objective, we examined the status and operations of IMUs in fiscal year 1980 at the New Bedford Consortium, New Bedford, Massachusetts Balance of State of Maine, Augusta, Maine and Balance of State of New Hampshire, Concord, New Hampshire. Our work focused on the IMUs staffing and organization, monitoring procedures, and results achieved. In assessing the results, we compared the prime sponsors progress in implementing the IMU concept with Labor criteria. We interviewed officials and reviewed records and documentation at Labors national office, the Region I office, and the prime sponsors. In addition, we assessed the regions oversight role relating to IMUs at the three prime sponsors. Author
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