Department of Labor

Job Training Partnership Act Programs: Comparison of Selected Service Delivery Areas

In Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs, federal funds are used by states to provide job-related training, counseling and other services to youths and adults with serious barriers to employment and to people who have lost their jobs due to mass layoffs or plant closings. In New York State, JTPA programs are administered by 33 local Service Delivery Areas (SDAs) under the overall supervision of the Department of Labor.

We analyzed selected aspects of JTPA programs in the Suffolk County SDA, the City of Rochester SDA, and the Town of Hempstead SDA in order to determine whether any operational variations could relate to differences in JTPA program efficiency and effectiveness, and whether the operations of other SDAs should be similarly analyzed by Department officials. We identified a number of operational variations that could relate to differences in JTPA program efficiency and effectiveness, and believe it may be beneficial for Department officials to analyze all SDAs in this manner. For example, we analyzed expenditures at the three SDAs and found that the mix of expenditures varied considerably. We believe Department officials should investigate whether the mix of expenditures at the SDAs affects their ability to meet JTPA program goals. We also identified differences in various aspects of program design and operation at the three SDAs, and believe Department officials should investigate whether such differences relate to differences in JTPA program effectiveness.

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