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Nine federal agencies spent $18 million on ineffective job training programs

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Nine federal government agencies — including the departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency — spent $18 million administering 47 different job training programs in 2009. An investigation by the Parthenon Group business consultants found that only 4 percent of program participants received classroom-based skills instruction that could lead to long-term income gains. The vast majority of money was spent on job referral services for temporary employment.