Congress Announces Deal on Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, a bipartisan group of workforce committee lawmakers announced that they have reached a deal to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), which expired in 2003.  The new bill, entitled the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), reauthorizes federal workforce and training programs and sets recommended appropriations through fiscal year (FY) 2020.  The bill must now be considered by both the full Senate and House.

WIOA represents a compromise agreement between the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), which passed the House of Representatives in March of 2013 and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), which passed through the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in July of 2013.  The bill aims to modernize and improve existing federal workforce development programs.  The bill is currently on a fast track process in the Senate.  House leaders have indicated they will move the bill once the Senate acts on the measure.  NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor the status of the bill as it moves through the two chambers.

Major Legislative Highlights for NADO Members (Title I of WIOA):

  • Retains the locally driven workforce delivery system.
  • Maintains provision that a state’s governor does not have the authority to consolidate local boards.
  • Reduces the number of required board members at both the state and local level.  At the local level, the 51 member board will be reduced to 19 members and one-stop partners are no longer required members.
  • Requires one unified state plan covering all core programs; must be updated every four years.
  • Requires states to consult with local boards and chief elected officials in order to identify local workforce areas and planning regions that are in alignment with labor markets and regional economic development areas.
  • Applies one set of accountability metrics to every federal workforce program.
  • Eliminates 15 programs under current law.
  • Gives the U.S. Department of Labor two years after enactment to implement policy changes.

 Additional Bill Information:

  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.gov/public/_cache/files/1864afcb-c7e5-48a5-85e4-9e4904688e42/wioa-onepager NULL.pdf) for a one-page summary of the legislation.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.gov/public/_cache/files/ee9c8cfd-cb3f-4dd5-8574-92d9337f02c9/signed-wioa-managers-statement NULL.pdf) for a section-by-section summary of the legislation.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.gov/public/_cache/files/06350b2c-01d0-4b4d-a7c3-2869390977d5/wioa-keyimprovements NULL.pdf) for a summary of key improvements WIOA makes to current workforce development programs.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.gov/public/_cache/files/3494f891-634a-4550-8a14-1e571dd5b72c/wioa-substitute-amendment-to-hr803-kin14310 NULL.pdf) for the full text of the legislation.
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