WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998
Public Law 105-220--Aug. 7, 1998 112 Stat. 936
Public Law 105-220
To consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
TITLE I--WORKFORCE INVESTMENT SYSTEMS
SEC. 192. WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY PLANS.
(a) Plans.--A State may submit to the Secretary, and the Secretary may approve, a workforce flexibility plan under which the State is authorized to waive, in accordance with the plan--
(1) any of the statutory or regulatory requirements applicable under this title to local areas, pursuant to applications for such waivers from the local areas, except for requirements relating to the basic purposes of this title, wage and labor standards, grievance procedures and judicial review, nondiscrimination, eligibility of participants, allocation of funds to local areas, establishment and functions of local areas and local boards, review and approval of local plans, and worker rights, participation, and protection;
(2) any of the statutory or regulatory requirements applicable under sections 8 through 10 of the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. 49g through 49i), to the State, except for requirements relating to the provision of services to unemployment insurance claimants and veterans, and to universal access to basic labor exchange services without cost to jobseekers; and
(3) any of the statutory or regulatory requirements applicable under the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.), to State agencies on aging with respect to activities carried out using funds allotted under section 506(a)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 3056d(a)(3)), except for requirements relating to the basic purposes of such Act, wage and labor standards, eligibility of participants in the activities, and standards for agreements.
(b) Content of Plans.--A workforce flexibility plan implemented by a State under subsection (a) shall include descriptions of--
(1)(A) the process by which local areas in the State may submit and obtain approval by the State of applications for waivers of requirements applicable under this title; and
(B) the requirements described in subparagraph (A) that are likely to be waived by the State under the plan; (2) the requirements applicable under sections 8 through 10 of the Wagner-Peyser Act that are proposed to be waived, if any; (3) the requirements applicable under the Older Americans Act of 1965 that are proposed to be waived, if any; (4) the outcomes to be achieved by the waivers described in paragraphs (1) through (3); and (5) other measures to be taken to ensure appropriate accountability for Federal funds in connection with the waivers. (c) Periods.--The Secretary may approve a workforce flexibility plan for a period of not more than 5 years. (d) Opportunity for Public Comments.--Prior to submitting a workforce flexibility plan to the Secretary for approval, the State shall provide to all interested parties and to the general public adequate notice and a reasonable opportunity for comment on the waiver requests proposed to be implemented pursuant to such plan.