U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee to Introduce WIA reauthorization bill

Posted on: February 22nd, 2013 by NADO Admin

On February 25, the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee will introduce the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The SKILLS Act would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and include proposals that would streamline federal workforce programs and create a single source of support for employers and job seekers.  Click here (http://edworkforce NULL.house NULL.gov/news/documentsingle NULL.aspx?DocumentID=320580) to learn more about the SKILLS Act. Click here (http://edworkforce NULL.house NULL.gov/uploadedfiles/skills_act_discussion_draft NULL.pdf) to read the text of the legislative proposal.

Major Provisions of the SKILLS Act:

  • Eliminate and streamline 35 federal employment and training programs and create a Workforce Investment Fund to serve as a single source of support for employers, workers, and job seekers.
  • Strengthen the role of employers in workforce training decisions by eliminating 19 federal mandates governing workforce investment board representation.
  • Require state and local workforce investment leaders to outline the strategies they will implement to serve at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other workers with unique challenges to employment.
  • Promote accountability by establishing common performance measures and requiring an independent evaluation of programs at least once every five years.

Last week, U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (H.R. 798). (http://beta NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/798/text) House Democrats introduced a similar bill in the 112th Congress, but it was not considered by the full committee.

NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor this legislation and provide additional analysis on how this legislation could impact regional development organizations and local governments.

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