About the Council
Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center is recommending several reforms to improve the nearly fifty job-training programs administered by the federal government and better meet the needs of 3.9 million long-term unemployed Americans, individual state labor markets and employers. Despite an $18 billion investment annually in these programs, there are widespread reports about companies that cannot find skilled workers to fill millions of openings.
The federal government, working in partnership with various state and local bodies, operates 47 different workforce development programs with a budget of more than $18 billion annually. They are intended to provide the education and job training that will help individual Americans access good jobs. But the complexity and lack of coordination in this fragmented system wastes taxpayer dollars and diminishes the effort’s effectiveness.