New Bill to Modernize the Workforce Investment Act

Last week, House Democrats introduced the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (H.R.798) aimed at reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act. The bill was introduced by Representatives John Tierney (D-MA), Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-CA) and seeks to modernize the current system by promoting more effective coordination among local stakeholders including business representatives, labor organizations, educational institutions, economic development agencies, and community-based organizations.

The bill reflects a number of the NTJN’s recommendations and principles for public workforce system that works for all – including expanding and allowing training funds for the use of transitional jobs programs; adjusting the performance accountability system to account for serving individuals with barriers to employment; maintaining the priority of service requirement giving access to WIA services for low-income individuals; and adopting a definition of “individual with barriers to employment.”

House Republicans are expected to introduce a bill aimed at reauthorizing WIA soon. The NTJN sent a letter in support of H.R. 798. We will continue to monitor and weigh-in on WIA reauthorization efforts.


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About National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment.

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