The Better Employment and Training Strategies Task Force, or BETS, is a group of more than 40 workforce experts formed in November 2020 by Prof. Stephen Crawford of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, Stuart Andreason of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Larry Good of Corporation for a Skilled Workforce to develop recommendations aimed at informing the incoming Biden-Harris administration and the 117th Congress on issues and policy options related to five central workgroups: unemployment insurance, workforce development, job quality, youth employment, and federal jobs initiatives. These five workgroups will provide critically needed input into workforce development policy and programmatic conversations around improving the country’s employment and training system.
Steve Crawford (GW Institute of Public Policy, The George Washington University)
Stuart Andreason (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity)
Larry Good (Corporation for a Skilled Workforce)
Burt Barnow (George Washington University)
Kisha Bird (CLASP)
Amanda Cage (National Fund for Workforce Solutions)
Mary Clagett (Jobs For the Future)
Maureen Conway (Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program)
Maria Flynn (Jobs For the Future)
Bob Jones (former Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration/Department of Labor)
Clair Minson (Sandra Grace Consulting)
Todd Greene (WorkRise, Urban Institute)
Annelies Goger (Brookings Institution)
James Haynes (OIC of America)
Chris King (Ray Marshall Center, University of Texas at Austin)
Andy Van Kleunen (National Skills Coalition)
Jeanine LaPrad (Corporation for a Skilled Workforce)
Ann Lichter (New America)
Mary Alice McCarthy (New America)
Sarah Miller (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)
Jane Oates (former Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration/Department of Labor)
Brent Parton (New America)
Heath Prince (Ray Marshall Center, University of Texas at Austin)
Martha Ross (Brookings Institution)
Bob Sheets (GW Institute of Public Policy, The George Washington University)
Thomas Showalter (National Youth Employment Coalition)
Martin Simon (formerly National Governors Association)
Katie Spiker (National Skills Coalition)
Carl Van Horn (Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University)
-Op-ed: ‘Building Back Better’ Means Focusing on the Labor Force & Systems That Support Recovery, The Better Employment and Training Strategies Taskforce, RealClear Policy, January 22, 2021.
-Policy Brief: Building Back Better: A National Jobs Strategy, Mary Alice McCarthy, Carl Van Horn, and Michael Prebil, February 18, 2021.
-Policy Brief: Building a National Unemployment Insurance System, Stephen A. Wandner and Christoper King, February 24, 2021.
-Policy Brief: Build Back Better: Creating Infrastructure and Emergency Community Service Jobs Programs, Carl Van Horn and Mary Alice McCarthy, March 3, 2021.