WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT: Coordination between TANF Programs and One-Stop Centers Is Increasing, but Challenges Remain
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This report discusses the coordination of services for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF program through one-stop centers established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 WIA. Welfare reform legislation, which created TANF, directed welfare agencies to focus on helping needy adults find and maintain employment, a goal that has long been the province of the workforce development system. Congress passed WIA to unify a fragmented employment and training system creating a new, comprehensive workforce investment system. Despite TANFs similar focus, TANF was not mandated to participate in the one-stop system however, as we have previously testified, many states and localities are coordinating their TANF programs with one-stop centers. With the emphasis on work intensifying in the current TANF reauthorization debate, the coordination of TANF and WIA programs may become increasingly important.
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