White House Releases Report on Review of Federal Workforce Programs; Encourages Regional Partnerships

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by NADO Admin

On July 22, the White House released a job-driven training action plan (http://salsa4 NULL.salsalabs NULL.com/dia/track NULL.jsp?v=2&c=xBdXn338nEEVTm1oUH%2FkOWhvZu57AI%2FS) following Vice President Biden’s review of federal workforce programs.  In January, President Obama directed Vice President Biden to conduct a 180 day review of federal workforce programs.  The action plan identifies specific steps to make Federal workforce and training programs and policies more job-driven and focused on being easily accessed by employers and job seekers, and more accountable for producing positive employment and earning outcomes for the people they serve. The action plan also encourages regional partnerships in creating a job-driven checklist to guide the administration of federal training programs.  This includes coordination among American Job Centers (One Stops), local employers, education and training providers, economic development agencies, and other public and private entities, to make the most of limited federal resources.

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to develop unified plans across all WIOA-authorized programs. WIOA is similar to the Administration’s action plan by requiring workforce programs to be more coordinated and aligned within each state and region.  The Departments of Labor and Education will require states to incorporate a job-driven checklist into these new plans.

Additionally, the Department of Commerce will encourage economic development agencies receiving planning funds to incorporate a job-driven checklist into their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) so economic development agencies, workforce boards, and training organizations collaborate to address the workforce needs of existing and new employers.  Click here (http://m NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/sites/default/files/ready_to_work_factsheet_finalembargoed_7_21_14 NULL.pdf) for a summary of the action plan.  Click here (http://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/sites/default/files/docs/skills_report NULL.pdf) to read the full plan.

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