Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
Current status: The Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, is the largest federally-funded program which targets older adults seeking employment. It is authorized by Title V of the Older Americans Act. The President's FY 2015 budget request proposes a cut of over $54 million to SCSEP (from $434.8 million to $380 million). This cut would mean a loss of jobs for 10,000 lower-income older adults. This loss of funding would impact not only the grantees, subgrantees, and employees who are members of NANASP, but also the NANASP nutrition programs who depend on SCSEP employees to operate. Further, the President's budget again proposes to transfer SCSEP from the Department of Labor into the Administration for Community Living.
Resolved: NANASP opposes the proposed $54 million cut to SCSEP as well as its proposed transfer from the Department of Labor into the Administration for Community Living.
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) administers SCSEP by awarding grants to 15 non-profit organizations (including Senior Service America, Inc.) and to each of 56 state and territorial governments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging administers all OAA programs except SCSEP.