Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Awarded Community College Grants in Accordance with Requirements, but Needs to Improve Its Process

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Labor (Labor) designed and awarded the grants following its standard competitive award process by developing and publishing an announcement, screening applicants, and convening expert panels to score applications. It also collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the announcement and identify panelists. Though they varied in terms of target populations, as permitted by the grant, the applications GAO reviewed addressed trade impact, as required. However, the law’s requirement that every state receive a minimum amount of funding created challenges for Labor and ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 28, 2012.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Labor (Labor) designed and awarded the grants following its standard competitive award process by developing and publishing an announcement, screening applicants, and convening expert panels to score applications. It also collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the announcement and identify panelists. Though they varied in terms of target populations, as permitted by the grant, the applications GAO reviewed addressed trade impact, as required. However, the law’s requirement that every state receive a minimum amount of funding created challenges for Labor and certain grantees when applicants in 17 states scored below the cutoff score for grant awards. In these instances, Labor’s process stipulated that states designate an eligible institution. States, however, were given a 3-day deadline—over a weekend—to designate a grantee. As a result, these states had little time to identify an institution. The states that GAO contacted said that they found this process challenging or confusing and that they received no guidance from Labor. Moreover, state-designated grantees experienced delays in implementing their grants and required assistance from Labor to modify their original proposals and comply with grant requirements. Labor has identified lessons learned from the first round of grants and applied them to the second round, but the process for selecting state-designated grantees has remained similar to that used in the first round."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Awarded Community College Grants in Accordance with Requirements, but Needs to Improve Its Process, report, September 28, 2012; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296692/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.