Sneak Peek: ETA Refutes Concerns About Green Jobs Initiative

October 6, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Despite statistics showing lagging job placements under the Department of Labor’s Green Jobs initiative, Employment and Training Administration officials stand by it and maintain that grantees will ultimately meet their performance targets.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $500 million for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy (i.e., “green jobs”). Most of those funds were distributed through three training programs, while the remainder supported ETA program administration, technical assistance, labor market information and green capacity building programs. However, the DOL Office of Inspector General said that as of June, with about 73 percent of the ARRA award period having elapsed, grantees had reported spending only 33 percent ($152 million) of the total available funds. 

Grantees also reported difficulties meeting performance targets for serving and placing workers. With 61 percent of the training award periods having elapsed, grantees reported serving 52,762 of the targeted 124,893 participants (42 percent) and placing 8,035 of the targeted 79,854 participants (10 percent) into employment.

Read more about the OIG report in the November issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook.

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