Dr. Coburn Releases New Oversight Report on Job Training Programs in Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released an oversight report on job training programs in Oklahoma entitled, “What Works (and What Doesn’t):The Good, Bad and Ugly of Federal Job Training in Oklahoma.
PoliticalNews.me - Jul 30,2012 - Dr. Coburn Releases New Oversight Report on Job Training Programs in Oklahoma
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released an oversight report on job training programs in Oklahoma entitled, “What Works (and What Doesn’t): The Good, Bad and Ugly of Federal Job Training in Oklahoma.” This report was the result of an exhaustive year-long review of job training programs in Oklahoma that included 70 field interviews and meetings with officials. The report follows last year’s groundbreaking study from the Government Accountability Office that found taxpayers are spending $18 billion on 47 duplicative job training programs across 9 federal agencies. GAO could not find evidence that any of the job training programs were working. Since GAO released its report 18 months ago, the Senate has failed to consolidate, streamline or improve job training programs.
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“This study confirms what GAO discovered: Taxpayers are spending billions of dollars employing people in job training programs instead of training unemployed workers for jobs. Taxpayers should be appalled Congress has done nothing to reform these programs for more than 18 months,” Dr. Coburn said.
“The report also shows that states are vastly more capable of managing job training programs than the federal government,” Dr. Coburn added. “In Oklahoma, and across America, program administrators and job-seekers are trapped in a system that simply does not work. Sadly, Washington politicians have been more concerned about protecting their own jobs – and promoting their commitment to job-training programs – rather than providing those in need the actual training necessary to achieve meaningful employment.”
“While programs in Oklahoma were, by and large, hampered by Washington-directed duplication, there are Oklahomans who are defying the odds through their hard-work, ingenuity and compassion. For instance, Jason Price, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Program Manager, recognized that, in many cases, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries had the potential to enter the workforce despite their disabilities. Price had the compassion and common sense to create incentives for disabled Oklahomans to work up to their potential and developed a program that has helped as many as 3,000 disabled Oklahomans to find work each year – 100 of whom leave the disability program entirely. Price’s work has honored the dignity of disabled Oklahomans and represents the best values of our nation,” Dr. Coburn said.
Key findings of the report:
• States know what works better than career politicians in Washington (see pg. 32 of report)
Oklahoma’s jobseekers, workers and employers should not have to send their tax dollars to Washington, only to have bureaucrats send the dollars back in the form of regulations and programs that do not successfully serve Oklahoma’s workforce and job training needs. The Sooner State is introducing the most severely disabled Oklahomans (SSDI recipients) back onto the private payroll – through efforts championed by an Oklahoman – not by Washington bureaucrats and politicians.
• Duplication and overlap among federal job training programs