Urge your House
and Senate Members to vote for passage
On May 21, House and Senate leaders reached an agreement on new
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization legislation called the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), (H.R.
803) (as amended). This bill represents a bipartisan, bicameral
compromise between the SKILLS Act, (H.R. 803) passed by the House in March 2013
and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356) passed by the Senate Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in July 2013. In the face of
repeated efforts to reduce the local role, the compromise workforce bill preserves
local governance authority, adds flexibility and maintains funding. The Senate
plans to adopt the legislation by unanimous consent as early as next week and
then the House would also consider it in June.
NACo's Analysis of H.R. 803 (as amended)
To help county officials assess the potential impacts of H.R. 803 (as amended) on their communities and local workforce boards, NACo has prepared an analysis of the key provisions of the measure. which can be found here.
your Representatives and Senators to support H.R. 803 as amended
To view a WIOA
sample letter for you to modify, click here. To see the NACo WIOA support letter, click here.
To read the NACo Policy Brief on WIA reauthorization, click here.
county and/or local workforce board sends a support letter, please send a copy
to NACo Associate Legislative Director, Daria Daniel at email@example.com.
Why Workforce Reauthorization Legislation Matters to Counties
Investment Act (WIA) is long overdue for reauthorization, as it expired in
2003. A strong workforce system will
increase investments and resources for quality training and help to ensure that
localities and states can continue to meet the needs of jobseekers and
employers. The workforce compromise bill would provide the needed funding and framework
for a modernized workforce development system by maintaining a local role in the
system with added flexibility. It recognizes that local elected officials and
boards play a critical role in workforce development and the overall economic
health of our local communities.
Maintains Local Role in Workforce
Development with Added Flexibility
component of WIA’s success is maintaining local governance. The compromise bill would protect local
authority in workforce investment boards and workforce investment areas, which
has been a key priority for NACo. It
also would provide greater local board flexibility to address their workforce
challenges, such as allowing them to use up to 20 percent of adult workforce funding
for incumbent worker and on the job training for in-demand occupations. This welcomed flexibility will allow local
boards to tailor plans and services to meet the needs of their jobseekers and
Reduces Size of Local Workforce
measure would reduce the number of required members (from 51 to 19) for the
local workforce boards and still maintain a business-led majority to increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of local boards and will reinforce focus to meet the
needs of jobseekers and businesses. NACo
welcomes this change because some local boards were so large that it was
difficult to participate and to maintain good relationships with businesses.
Simplifies Performance Accountability
legislation would standardize performance accountability with the creation of
six core indicators for adults to determine workforce program success. NACo supported simplification from the
current varied and complex measures.
For more information on this issue, contact Daria Daniel at
202.942.4269 or firstname.lastname@example.org