Senate Investigation Uncovers Waste, Duplication in Job-Training Programs

Job training programs created by Congress have resulted in overlap and duplication, according to a new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that focuses on workforce development initiatives in Oklahoma.

Coburn used his home state as a case study for the effectiveness of federal job training efforts. His office found numerous examples of redundancy and complexity.

The state of Oklahoma maintains 40 different job training programs that are managed by nine state agencies and operated by more than 45 entities across 180 different physical locations. The costs add up to about $164 million a year.

As a result of the complexity and duplication in workforce development programs, a large share of resources is wasted in administrative costs, the report found.

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