NADO Sends Support Letter on Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization to Congress

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, NADO sent a letter to Congress supporting the bipartisan 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.  Click here to view a copy of NADO’s support letter.  NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor the legislation and a member webinar briefing on the legislation is currently being planned.

Major Legislative Highlights Relevant to 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.pdf) for a one-page summary of the legislation.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.pdf) for a section-by-section summary of the legislation.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.pdf) for a summary of key improvements WIOA makes to current workforce development programs.
  • Click here (http://www NULL.murray NULL.senate NULL.pdf) for the full text of the legislation.
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