On March 22, during the confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, R. Alexandar Acosta, labor secretary nominee, testified he would take an evidence-based approach to cuts rather than the across-the-board cuts in the President’s budget proposal. Acosta said, “The principle that needs to be used to guide the spending is, ‘How successful is the program?’”

“If confirmed as secretary of labor, one of the things that I want to do is go through these programs that compiled the data, because for a lot of these programs I believe the rate of return on investment in taxpayer dollars is quite significant, and would pay for itself very readily from the jobs they’ve created,” continued Acosta.

During the hearing Acosta expressed his commitment to training America’s workforce for modern jobs and he would meet with key stakeholders to ensure a smooth handoff of the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Scott Sanders, National Association of State Workforce Agencies Executive Director said, “I look forward to working with him, if he does get through the process, and helping him do that.” “I think he’s going to come in with a fresh pair of eyes and make sure that the taxpayers are getting the best bang for the buck” continued Sanders. Read more in the Bloomberg BNA article, “Trump’s Job Training Cuts Clout Labor Hearing.