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Press Release

Senate HELP Committee Moves WIA Bill Forward

Thursday, August 15, 2013
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On July 31, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed S 1356, a bill that would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, which expired in 2003 and has been up for reauthorization since that time. A major facet of the bill requires states to submit one plan covering workforce development and training, and that they use a single set of performance metrics to evaluate the success of programs.

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In a press release issued the same day, the HELP Committee outlined the following key features of the bill:

• Emphasizes effective use of real-world data, performance indicators, and stringent assessments and evaluations to determine the impact of workforce investments.
• Empowers state and local workforce agencies to tailor their programs to specific needs.
• Emphasizes real-world education training opportunities, including on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, customized training, transitional jobs, and sector strategies.
• Maintains business majorities while shrinking state and local boards.
• Closely aligns workforce systems with regional economic development and labor markets.
• Applies one set of common performance metrics to each workforce program supported by WIA.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
The House of Representatives passed its version of WIA reauthorization, called The SKILLS Act (HR 803), in March.

About the Author
Jennifer joined ATD in 1999 to lead the Public Relations function. Jennifer continues to lead communication efforts to members and customers, the media, and public policy makers. She also leads ATD’s awards programs and governance functions. In her volunteer work, Jennifer served a two-year term on the executive board of directors for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and was president of the IABC Washington, D.C. chapter. She holds IABC’s Accredited Business Communicator credential. Jennifer was an adjunct professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where she taught Public Relations Writing in 2009.  
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