WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) into law, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act.
WIOA keeps many of the existing workforce structures in place, including occupational training, adult basic education, and employment programs. The new bill will, however, streamline programs, reporting measures, and administration while also creating common measures for both youth and adult workforce programs. Of key interest are the changes to the ability to fund trainings and focus on sector based strategies. Passage of this bill marks a commitment to fostering a modern American workforce which can compete for jobs in the 21st century. This is an exciting development for our nation's workers and businesses as well as the millions who utilize the workforce development system here in New York City.
Link to WIOA Legislation
Link to National Skills Coalition WIOA/WIA Side-By-Side Comparison
WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA) RECOMMENDATIONS
The following provides a collection of key advocacy recommendations and responses for the transition to and implementation of WIOA:
- NYC Responses to WIOA Draft Regulations, June 15, 2015. The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) responded to Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) drafted by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. The NPRMs are drafted regulations intended to implement the four titles of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed WIOA into law. The new law reauthorizes a number of federal workforce and education programs and offers the opportunity to improve their implementation. New York City's response included recommendations for how the regulations could be modified to best serve New York City's workers and businesses.
- Letter from Large Local Workforce Investment Areas, June 15, 2015. The Workforce Investment Boards of New York City, Chicago/Cook County, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles submitted a joint letter in response to the draft regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). These areas are the four largest local workforce investment areas in the country and will comprise a major share of the nation's performance and budget expenditures under WIOA. In the letter, the cities highlight the complexity of local workforce development areas in large metropolitan areas and emphasize the need to maintain flexibility for how local areas can approach governance of their workforce areas.
- NYC Recommendations for WIOA Transition and Implementation, November 7, 2014. The New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has provided six recommendations for the United States Department of Labor regarding the transition to and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that the WIB believes will best advance the goals and intention of WIOA. On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed WIOA into law. The new law reauthorizes a number of federal workforce programs and offers the opportunity to improve strategies to meet and respond to the needs of jobseekers, workers, and employers. The WIB is highly encouraged by the passage of WIOA. The WIB is most excited by WIOA's mandate to implement Career Pathways, create Industry Partnerships, and develop contextualized education and training programs which align to in-demand and growth sectors, all major priorities of the City's workforce strategy.
ONE-STOP PARTNER MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING (MOUs)
The WIB has MOUs detailing service offerings at the local One-Stop centers with the following partner agencies.
- City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 270,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City.
- New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,700 schools.
- New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) provides programs and services tailored to a variety of specific needs that many of the 1.3 million older New Yorkers may want now or in the future.
- New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.
- New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) provides New York City with high-quality youth and family programming. Its central task is administering available city, state, and federal funds to effective community-based organizations.
- New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is committed to increasing opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe and affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services.
- New York State Department of Labor (DOL) vigorously enforces state labor laws to provide a level playing field for law-abiding employers. They work aggressively to ensure a fair wage for all workers and protect the safety and health of workers and the public. They assist the unemployed by providing temporary financial assistance, connect job seekers with employers, and build a workforce that helps New York's businesses compete in today's global economy.
- Rhode Island Indian Council (RIIC) is a private, non-profit agency that promotes the social, economic, and cultural well-being of all tribal communities in Rhode Island. Established in Providence in 1975, the agency is governed and staffed primarily by Native Americans. They are there to meet the needs of today's American Indian families, and to serve as a center for cultural, historical, and social exchange.
- South Bronx Job Corps is the nation's largest residential education and vocational training program for the economically disadvantaged youth.