Better Employment and Training Strategies Task Force (BETS)

The Better Employment and Training Strategies Task Force, or BETS, was formed in November 2020 to develop recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration and Congress on critical workforce matters. The group started with fewer than 10 members and has grown to 40 experts.

The task force has five central workgroups tackling the biggest issues and leading conversations around improving the country’s employment and training system:

  • Unemployment insurance
  • Workforce development
  • Job quality
  • Youth employment
  • Federal jobs initiatives

According to the task force, the name BETS evokes the idea that “all BETS are off ” unless we build back “BETter” in the workforce arena.


Policy Briefs


US workforce development must catch up to 21st century needs

Larry Good and Earl Buford, September 29, 2021.


Building Back Better: A National Plan for Youth Employment

Kisha Bird, Brent Parton, and Taylor White, May 18, 2021


To Build Back Better, Job Quality is Key

Maureen Conway, Jeannine LaPrad, Amanda Cage, and Sarah Miller, April 15, 2021.


Building Back Better: A National Jobs Strategy

Mary Alice McCarthy, Carl Van Horn, and Michael Prebil, February 18, 2021.


Building a National Unemployment Insurance System

Stephen A. Wandner and Christoper King, February 24, 2021 (revised March 16, 2021).


Build Back Better: Creating Infrastructure and Emergency Community Service Jobs Programs

Carl Van Horn and Mary Alice McCarthy, March 3, 2021.


Modernizing and Investing in Workforce Development

Larry Good and Earl Buford, March 22, 2021.