The Secretaryâ€™s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills. The Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Lynn Martin, chartered The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) in 1990 with the goal of encouraging a high-performance economy characterized by high-skill, high-wage employment. DOL sought to accomplish this by defining critical skills that everyone needs in order to succeed in the workforce and in life. Called the "SCANS skills," these competencies were then compiled into a report in 1991 called A SCANS Report for America 2000. The final report defined a high-performance workplace as one that reinforces the foundation and application of skills such as computation and literacy. Additionally, the report stated that high-performance workers need advanced soft skills, including the ability to work on teams, solve complex problems in systems, and understand and use technology.
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills. These are competencies that are underlying skills, including work habits and ethics, essential to the workplace and to the personal growth of the student.