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Office of Policy Development and Research

The Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) assists the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in supporting its goal to inform the development of workforce policies and investments and support the continuous improvement of the public workforce investment system by analyzing, formulating, and recommending legislative changes and options for policy initiatives. OPDR provides ETA with strategic approaches to improve performance and outcomes through research, demonstrations and the evaluation of major ETA programs. OPDR coordinates the development of ETA rulemaking documents implementing Federal statutes or amending outdated information into a regulation. In addition, OPDR is responsible for processing ETA's Federal Register notices for publication. OPDR also serves as a liaison for ETA in international engagements and coordinates the agency's interactions with international organizations and foreign countries. The office also is responsible for disseminating advisories and publications to the Employment and Training system.

Division of Policy Legislation and Regulations Division of Research and Evaluations
Policy Initiatives Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Projects
Legislative Information National Agricultural Workers Survey
Regulatory Activities Research Conferences
ETA Advisories Five-Year Research Plan
Recognition of Excellence Operating Plans
  Research Publication Database
  Employment and Research Datasets
  Related Research Sources


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Photo of Thomas Dowd, Administrator

Thomas Dowd
Administrator for the Office of Policy Development and Research

Contact Information: 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N5641 Washington, DC 20210

Main Office Phone: 202-693-3700
Fax: 202-693-2766
Order Publication Hotline: 202-693-3666

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Created: December 17, 2007
Updated: May 05, 2009