U.S. House Passes Workforce Reauthorization Bill (SKILLS Act)

Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by NADO Admin

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803) by a vote of 215-201.  Originally introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the SKILLS Act would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).  The bill was approved by the Education and Workforce Committee on March 15.

The Senate has not introduced legislation reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, but has indicated it plans on releasing a draft in the coming weeks.  Introduction of a new bill will be the responsibility of Senator Tom Harkin and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Resources for the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act

  • Text of H.R. 803 (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr803rh/pdf/BILLS-113hr803rh NULL.pdf)
  • View a complete summary of the SKILLS Act (http://www NULL.nationalskillscoalition NULL.org/federal-policies/workforce-investment-act/wia-documents/h-r NULL.pdf)
  • Summary and adopted amendments to the SKILLS Act from the Committee on Education and Labor (http://edworkforce NULL.house NULL.gov/calendar/eventsingle NULL.aspx?EventID=321332)

 Highlights of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skill Act (H.R. 803) as reported by the National Skills Coalition:

  • Eliminates all current membership requirements for state and local workforce boards, except for certain requirements relating to business and economic development representation, and locally elected officials;
  • Eliminates provisions relating to automatic designation of local workforce areas, allowing state boards to designate local areas in consultation with the governor;
  • Eliminates the requirement that local Workforce Investment Board’s (WIBs) give priority for services to low-income individuals;
  • Requires states to set aside up to 25 percent of Workforce Investment Fund dollars to maintain Job Corps as a national program;
  • Authorizes states to develop unified state plans, and consolidate funding for other federal training and social services programs—including funding for TANF, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Community Service Block Grants, and programs under state unemployment compensation laws—into such state plans; Mandates a minimum percentage of local area allocations that must be used for training services; and
  • Sets common performance measures for the Workforce Investment Fund, adult education programs under Title II, and Vocational Rehabilitation programs under Title IV.



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