Resolution Supporting Intergovernmental Collaboration on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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WHEREAS, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) was signed on July 22, 2014, and WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years; and

WHEREAS, WIOA creates a new vision for how America prepares an educated and skilled workforce that expands opportunity for all workers, provides a customer-focused one-stop delivery system, and enhances and increases coordination among key employment, education, and training programs; and

WHEREAS, WIOA requires states to strategically realign workforce development programs to ensure that employment and training services are coordinated so that job seekers acquire skills that meet employer needs; and

WHEREAS, the WIOA requires collaboration and coordination at the state and local levels for the core programs and states were required to submit four-year unified state and local strategic plans to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by April, 2016; and

WHEREAS, the core programs addressed by WIOA are employment and training programs for adults, dislocated workers, and youth; employment service programs; and adult education and vocational rehabilitation programs; and

WHEREAS, WIOA requires states to report performance accountability data in a State Annual Performance Report for FY 2016 due in October 2017; and

WHEREAS, the goals of WIOA are to provide improved services and accountability within the workforce system and will require ongoing and significant state and local coordination, planning and data collection efforts; and it require new analytical processes and reporting to ensure accountability and to meet performance goals.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments requests that Congress and federal government agencies work with state governments by providing continued support and guidance in implementing WIOA. 

CSG also requests that Congress and federal government agencies ensure flexibility in the development of unified state plans and consult with state agencies in reviewing program effectiveness.

Adopted by The Council of State Governments’ Executive Committee this 11th Day of December, 2016 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.