The U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Education ("the Departments") are providing responses to questions about infrastructure cost funding requirements for partner programs participating in local one-stop centers, or American Job Centers, across the country.
The Departments feel these questions offer sufficient guidance to one-stop partners, local Workforce Development Boards, and others involved in the one-stop delivery system to enable negotiations to begin, regarding the Memoranda of Understanding for Program Year 2017, if such negotiations are not already underway. The FAQs address some of the most common questions regarding infrastructure funding requirements.
The Departments will soon issue further and more comprehensive guidance on this and other one-stop related topics.
WIOA State Plans are now available for public access. Please go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa/state-plans/index.html.
States submitted their four-year State Plans for Federal review and approval in early 2016. The Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture, whose programs are addressed, provided review and approval for each Plan for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces publication of WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register on December 2, 2016. The rule's updated provisions generally reflect obligations already imposed by changes to other nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws that expanded, for example, protections against unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin (including limited English proficiency), and sex.
Check out the rule, a Fact Sheet, FAQs, and other related information on the CRC's Web site at https://www.dol.gov/crc/188rule.
The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov 17. The meeting will be held at the BLS Janet Norwood Training and Conference Center, Rooms 9 and 10, in the Postal Square Building at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20212.
The WIAC is currently in the process of identifying and reviewing issues and aspects of the WLMI system and statewide systems that comprise the nationwide system and how the Department and the States will cooperate in the management of those systems. As part of this process, the Advisory Council meets to gather information and to engage in deliberative and planning activities to facilitate the development and provision of its recommendations to the Secretary in a timely manner.
For more information, go here.
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education announce the publication of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act final rules in the Federal Register, on Friday, August 19, 2016.
Check out the rules and other related information here.
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have collaboratively issued Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provisions related to performance accountability. The associated documents encompassed in this release include: a Participant Individual Record Layout, reporting calculation specifications, and quarterly and annual report templates. All of these documents have been approved by the Office and Management and Budget for collection through June 30, 2019. You may access the documents here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the inaugural SNAP E&T (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training) Monthly Review, a newsletter that provides best practices, updates on the program nationally, and opportunities to learn more about SNAP E&T.
Along with the first e-blast, also available is the first in a multi-part series of policy briefs on SNAP E&T, Why Now is The Time for States to Build SNAP E&T Programs. This lays out the potential role of SNAP E&T in a State's skilled workforce strategy and outlines some initial first steps states should take. You can read about it here.
Also, go here to learn about TANF questions related to WIOA combined and unified plans.
On April 27, 2016, The Department of Labor published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the Employment and Training Administration information collection for the following programs: WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth, Wagner Peyser Employment Service, National Farmworker Jobs, Trade Adjustment Assistance, YouthBuild, Indian and Native American, Job Corps, and Jobs for Veterans' State Grants. This collection request announcement includes the revised Participant Individual Record Layout that indicates which data elements are to be collected and reported on by each program. ETA is soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for WIOA Performance Accountability and Reporting.
Comments are due on or before May 27, 2016.
On April 26, 2016, The Department of Labor, in coordination with the Department of Education, published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the joint information collection request soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for WIOA Common Performance Reporting.
Comments are due on or before May 26, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is pleased to announce the launch of WorkforceGPS - the next generation, device-friendly website for peer-to-peer connection and resources to help the workforce system, education professionals, and business leaders better do their job. WorkforceGPS has replaced Workforce3One; the new platform offers expanded capabilities and gives users more effective ways to search, save, and share resources.
Watch the Meet WorkforceGPS promotional video here.
The interim final rule titled SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) Program Monitoring, Oversight and Reporting Measures is available today for public viewing and will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. To view the interim final rule, please visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-06549.pdf.
This interim final rule requires States to report on earnings and employment outcomes for participants in the SNAP E&T program, beginning in FY 2017.
(1) The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 14-15 which provides:
(2) The Department, together with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development have also announced the opening of the portal for States to post their unified or combined WIOA Plan.
(3) The Departments have also prepared a series of short training modules for the States -- including an overview of planning requirements, "how to use the portal," the benefits of the online submission portal, and a description of the Federal review period and process.
You will find all these documents and links on the "State Planning Resources" webpage.
The national convening for WIOA proceeded as planned Jan. 26-28. Titled "One Team, One Vision, One Conversation," the convening hosted a variety of stakeholders, including representatives in economic development, education, public assistance programs, vocational rehabilitation and workforce development.
Collaborative teams from across the U.S. and its territories will meet in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26-28 for a national convening, titled, "One Team, One Vision, One Conversation."
Representatives from Governors' offices have assembled teams from state and local and entities that represent a variety of stakeholders, including economic development, education, public assistance programs, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce. These teams will connect with and learn from each other, and sessions presented at the convening will provide a mix of useful WIOA content and leadership skills, such as change management and system alignment.
Please check https://wioa.workforce3one.org/ for WIOA National Convening highlights.
On December 23, 2015, The Department of Labor, in coordination with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the joint information collection request soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
During the week of January 25, a correction was posted in the Federal Register that changes the due date for comments from January 22, 2016 to January 29, 2016. A copy of the original Federal Register Notice, proposed information collection request and supplement, and supporting statement may be accessed here:
ETA is seeking comments on the following WIOA-related Information Collection Requests:
Placement Verification and Follow-up of Job Corps Participants, Routine Extension Without Revisions. Published on September 4, 2015, the comment period closes on November 3, 2015. Additional information is available here.
The Workforce Performance Accountability, Information, and Reporting System, New Collection. Published on September 1, 2015, the comment period closes on November 2, 2015. Additional information is available here.
Statement of Expenditures and Financial Adjustments of Federal Funds for Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees and Ex-Servicemembers Report, Extension Without Revisions. Published on August 26, 2015, the comment period closes on October 26, 2015. Additional information is available here.
ETA is seeking comments on the following WIOA-related Information Collection Requests:
The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) is an important piece of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Check out the details here.
Check out the website for the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the committee) here
Please go here to view the WIOA State Planning requirements notice in today's Federal Register.
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. This Act provides a tremendous opportunity to help workers, jobseekers, and students across this country acquire the skills and tools they need to find good jobs and stay employed and to match businesses with skilled workers to successfully compete in the global economy.
The Departments of Labor and Education published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the joint information collection request for performance reporting to fulfill the requirements under section 116 of WIOA. This represents a collaborative effort among staff from the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the Department of Education's Office of Career Technical, and Adult Education and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Additional information, including the reporting templates, may be found at http://www.doleta.gov/performance or at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ETA-2015-0007.