Evaluation of the Military Base National Emergency Grants

Author(s): Needels, Karen; Bellotti, Jeanne; Dadgar, Mina; Nicholson, Walter

Organizational Author(s): Mathematica Policy Research

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Resource Availability: Publically available

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Summary

National Emergency Grants are provided in response to economic shocks such as mass layoffs, natural disasters or base realignment and closures, and temporarily increase the capacity of state or local areas to provide workforce development services.

Description

“Authorized by Section 173 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as amended, the Secretary of Labor may award National Emergency Grants (NEGs) to states or local areas that require supplemental resources for workforce development, employment services, or other adjustment assistance, usually in response to an event such as a firm closing, mass layoff, or natural disaster. These funds are intended to temporarily increase the capacity of states or localities to provide services in response to an unanticipated increase in demand for those services. Applications for new grants or supplemental funds are to be submitted as the events occur and as the need for these funds arises. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has also awarded several NEGs to communities with large military populations; these NEGs initially were designed to provide services as a result of anticipated downsizing of the Department of Defense (DoD) starting in the mid-1990s. In this report, we provide an evaluation of those grants, starting in 2001" (p.xi). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

- "Core and intensive services made available to NEG clients were similar to those available to WIA clients (p. xiii).

- Some sites initially offered more generous training allowances to NEG clients than what were available to WIA clients in the same local area, although they have since matched the WIA caps (p. xv).

- Both NEG staff and focus group participants reported that funding for child care services, provided in large part by NEGs, was very helpful for the participation and success in training of clients who had children (p. xv).

- Staff was unsuccessful at providing services to clients who moved from the NEG areas" (p. xv). (Abstractor: Author)

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