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Senate Amendments to the Workforce Investment Act. A Glimpse at the Possibilities. Categories of Amendments. Released after bipartisan review Governance – State boards and plans - Local areas, boards, plans Youth activities of states National programs

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    1. Senate Amendments to the Workforce Investment Act A Glimpse at the Possibilities

    2. Categories of Amendments • Released after bipartisan review • Governance – State boards and plans - Local areas, boards, plans • Youth activities of states • National programs • Still under review • One-stops • Adult and dislocated worker services • Performance measures • Administration

    3. Job Corps • Drops core performance measures • Rate of graduation • Entered unsubsidized jobs trained for • Average wage of grads in related jobs • Date of placement • Retention in employment • Length of work week • Entered post-sec ed or advanced training • Secretary free to specify all measures

    4. National Programs • Retain Migrant/Seasonal program • Youth Challenge Grants (80% of funds) • States, groups of states eligible • Assurance of state board review of apps • Criterion for award: Coordination with state • Ten percent non-federal match (cash, non-cash) • Youth Challenge Grants (20% of funds) • Eligible entities: Whoever Secretary says • No state coordination requirement

    5. National Programs (Cont’d) • Demonstration and Pilot Projects • No more pet projects in statute • Assist national employers • Develop systems for effectiveness, etc. • High growth industries • Innovative service delivery • Retention grants for low-income programs • Omits “self sufficiency” demos • Omits requirement of grantee “expertise” • Omits mandate for federal/state DW offices • Strategic nuclear waiver for Secretary

    6. One-Stop Centers (Untested) • Moves one-stop from services section • Adds TANF, omits Food Stamp E&T • Makes all centers certifiable next year (no “grandfathering”) • Decisive state board power to certify • Requires partner contributions to infrastructure,Governors determine how much • Governor allocates infrastructure grants, using board’s formula • Partners pay excess and common costs under MOUs (not from WIA funds)

    7. Adult, Dislocated Workers (Untested) • Requires 50 percent pass-through of statewide adult/dislocated worker pool to local one-stops • Rapid response required, all other statewide optional • Opens core services to everybody (truly universal) • Drops program cost info from service providers • Eligibility: Suitable employment, not self sufficiency (Governor defines) • Work experience, work readiness skills (adults?), relocation assistance as newly authorized activities • Priority for Service: Unemployed first, then public assistance and other low-income persons • Work support for low-wage workers after placement • Local 10% for incumbent worker training

    8. Performance Measurement(Untested) • Common measures, of course • No credentials gains for adults any more • Customer satisfaction is IN (for now) • New national performance goals set by Secretary based on: • GPRA requirements • Consultation with states, “appropriate” others • Requires state to validate data as ordered • Omits efficiency measure for sanctions/incentives

    9. Administration (Untested) • Allow employment generating service, revolving loan funds, business cap • Religious exemption from employment discrimination • Puny waiver: “Expedited” procedure(states piggyback on past waivers) • Give states clear title to real property bought with SESA funds

    10. Lurking Landmines • Percent floor on training expenditures • Personal Reemployment Accounts • Single adult services funding stream

    11. Priorities for Creative Input • “Time for big new ideas is past.” • Modest ideas needed for – • Funding one-stop infrastructure • Providing more training • Improved demand-driven services • Regulating eligible training providers • Linking to economic development • Adjustments to performance standards • Statewide system measures to match national goals