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  1. Washington Update • Legislation • Policy and Regulatory Issues

  2. National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs Annual Meeting - August 21-24, 2004 Denver, Colorado Washington-NGA Update Martin Simon, NGA Center

  3. Pending Legislation • Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization • Personal Reemployment Accounts (PRAs) • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) • Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act • FY 2005 Appropriations

  4. WIA Reauthorization • Five-year authorization up this month – No Extension required for program to continue • Reauthorization legislation passed both House and Senate in 2003 with major differences • House named conferees to a WIA Conference Committee in June – Senate not likely to

  5. Personal Reemployment Accounts • In June House passed PRA bill along party lines • Senate action on a separate bill unlikely

  6. TANF Reauthorization • February 2003 - House passed its version of TANF reauthorization by a largely party-line vote • In September 2004 - Senate Finance Committee marked up its version of reauthorization legislation - it did not make it to the Senate floor • March 2004 – Failed attempt in Senate to amend bill to add $6 billion for child care • 7th Extension approved in June – Longer-term extension likely

  7. Carl Perkins Reauthorization July 2004 – House Education and Workforce Committee approved bill - requires states to impose new academic standards and accountability measures - calls for states to ensure that courses are part of a coordinated curriculum - merges Perkins state grants with Tech-Prep program - includes “advanced manufacturing” as a career field to be covered under the bill

  8. Carl Perkins Reauthorization July 19, 2004 – Senate introduced bill to reauthorize Perkins - Separates secondary and postsecondary performance measures - Maintains Tech-Prep as a separate program - Updates language in the law - Offers option of a unified plan between Tech- Prep and basic state grant - increases focus on career guidance and academic counseling

  9. FY 2005 Appropriations • House Appropriation Committee approved $492.3 billion for Labor-HHS-Education spending bill • Slight increase for WIA programs (dislocated workers and youth) • No funding for Administration’s new initiatives • Omnibus spending package likely

  10. Policy-Regulatory Issues • EMILE (ETA Management Information and Longitudinal Evaluation) Reporting System Proposed • Workforce Information (LMI) Core Products and Services Planning Guidance • New National Emergency Grants (NEG) Priorities and Application Procedures

  11. NGA Update • New Leadership • New Chair’s Initiative – “Redesigning the American High School” • New Employment Security System Policy • Integrated Performance Information (IPI) System Project • 2004-2005 Workforce Development Policy Forum week of January 9-15, 2005