Off Welfare, Into Government?

March 5, 1997
THE DAILY FED

Off Welfare, Into Government?

The White House may push agencies to hire welfare recipients as part of the Clinton Administration's welfare-to-work initiative, Federal Times reported this week.

Although Clinton challenged private sector employers in his State of the Union address to "turn those welfare checks into private sector paychecks," some may be turned into payroll checks from Uncle Sam.

The Office of Personnel Management has sent the president's Domestic Policy Council a memorandum with suggestions for how agencies could encourage welfare recipients to apply for federal jobs. OPM would not say what suggestions were included in the memorandum.

Agencies may be asked to supply job information to welfare offices and use existing personnel flexibilities to target welfare recipients.

Constance Horner, a former OPM director now with the Brookings Institution, told Federal Times that the administration should be careful to educate welfare recipients.

"It's important for people to understand there are demanding standards" for federal jobs, Horner said.

Union officials said that as long as people qualified for positions and did not take the place of current federal workers, they would support an initiative to hire welfare recipients. But Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation analyst for welfare issues, said the government should not create special public-sector opportunities for them.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by eSignLive by VASCO

    Mobile E-Signatures for Government

    Learn 5 key trends that accelerate government demand for mobile signing.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Management Concepts

    SPONSORED: Successful Change Management Practices in the Public Sector

    How governmental agencies implement organizational change management.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Kronos

    Solving the Workforce Compliance Challenge

    Download this eBook to learn how data and automation can help state and local agencies.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.