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Department of Labor FY 2017 Budget
Feb 9, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
today released the president's 2017 budget for the Department of Labor, which supports the president's plan to train workers for the jobs of the future and
bolster the economic and retirement security of working families.
"This budget makes investments to ensure that America's economy works for everyone. It reflects our optimism about the future and our commitment to
creating broadly shared prosperity," Perez said. "The president's budget envisions a future with greater opportunity for all -- a future where a full-time
job pays a living wage, where working families have the support they need to survive and thrive and where retirements are secure."
The Fiscal Year 2017 president's budget
for the department includes $12.8 billion in discretionary funding, along with new, dedicated mandatory funds. It builds on seven years of investments in
job creation, economic growth, and the strengthening of the middle class.
The budget fully supports the president's plan for a job-driven training system that provides a pipeline of highly skilled workers to help the economy
grow. The budget reinforces the department's commitment to apprenticeships, sustaining the $90 million in grants provided in 2016, and adding a $2 billion
mandatory Apprenticeship Training Fund. These investments will help meet the president's goal to double the number of apprentices across the nation, giving
more workers the opportunity to develop job-relevant skills while they are earning a paycheck. The budget also creates an American Talent Compact,
providing $3 billion in mandatory funds that will get a half-million people trained and into high-demand jobs through regional partnerships between
workforce boards, employers, community colleges and other organizations.
The budget provides $1.5 billion in mandatory funding to states to fund Career Navigators in American Job Centers
to reach out to unemployed and underemployed Americans and help them find jobs, match them with appropriate training programs, and connect them to
supportive services, using best-in-class data and tools to inform their recommendations. The budget also establishes a $500 million mandatory Workforce
Data Science and Innovation Fund to make the foundational investments needed to develop and refine those job-matching tools. The budget also seeks to open
doors for youth by investing $5.5 billion in mandatory funds in year-round and summer paid opportunities and by launching competitive grant programs to
create educational and workforce pathways for disconnected youth.
The budget drives forward reforms in the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The budget helps
to realize the law's goals by funding the core WIOA formula grants at their fully authorized level -- a $138 million increase -- and giving the department
and the states the funding they need to oversee and implement the extensive changes envisioned in the law. This includes a $40 million investment to build
state and local capacity to track the employment and educational outcomes of WIOA program participants, and give those seeking training meaningful
information so they can make good choices about which programs will best prepare them for the labor market.
Click here for the complete February 9 Department of Labor news release
ETA Publishes Sixty-Day Notice for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Management Information and Reporting System; Extension Request Modifies Supporting Statement to Update Burden Estimate and Removes Outdated Language
Feb 9, 2016
The Employment and Training Administration has published the sixty-day notice today on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Management Information and
Reporting System data collection supporting statement to update the burden estimate to account for annual changes in hourly rates for respondents and
remove any outdated language referencing updates made to the WIA reporting system prior to its 2013 renewal. No other revisions were made to the package.
Written comments are due by April 11, 2016.
The February 9, 2016 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the notice. Excerpts:
On July 22, 2015, the Department issued an information collection request (ICR) for implementing WIOA performance requirements in accordance with
Section 136 of WIA will remain in place until the performance requirements under WIOA have been fully implemented. Because we are using WIA performance
measures, we are referring to the reports collected under this collection as "WIA Reports." Generally, WIOA took effect on July 1, 2015 (See WIOA sec. 506(a.)). Sec. 116
of WIOA, which outlines the performance accountability requirements, including the indicators of performance,
does not take effect until July 1, 2016 (See WIOA sec. 506(b)(1)).
Under the Department's transition authority, in order to provide for an orderly transition from WIA to WIOA, we will require the states to use the WIA
performance metrics in WIA sec. 136 to report on WIOA participants for one program year. This means that WIOA participants who became WIOA participants
after July 1, 2015, are being measured
according to the WIA section 136 performance measures. Once the Department has fully implemented WIOA's performance system, and all reporting requirements
under WIA are met, the WIA reporting system will be discontinued. ETA seeks extension and approval of WIA reporting requirements during this transition
period. Provisions will cover both
individuals who were participants under WIA and new participants who enter the workforce system prior to full implementation of WIOA. For convenience we
have included references to both the WIA statute and their corresponding updated sections within WIOA.
National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Meet on February 18
Feb 9, 2016
Entrepreneurial training under WIOA, ION,NACCE September conference (Innovate Now),AACC's Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit,ETA/CEE Entrepreneurship Competency Model, SBA's Tools for Entrepreneurs
The National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE) is charged with identifying and
recommending solutions to issues critical to driving the innovation economy, including enabling entrepreneurs and firms to successfully access and develop
a skilled, globally competitive workforce. The Council serves as a vehicle for ongoing dialogue with the entrepreneurship and workforce development
communities, including working with business and trade associations. The duties of the Council are solely advisory, and it reports to the Secretary of
Commerce through the Economic Development Administration and the Office of the Secretary.
NACIE has announced it will hold a teleconference meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 2:00-2:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Council's planned work initiatives in three focus areas: workforce/talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
During this time, members will also discuss and vote on the Capital Continuum Exchange proposal.
The final agenda will be posted on the NACIE Web site at http://www.eda.gov/oie/nacie/
prior to the meeting.
Teleconference: Dial-In: 1-800-593-8978, Passcode: 5807298.
NAWDP to Hold 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (May 24 - 26, 2016)
Feb 8, 2016
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) will hold its 2016 Annual Conference on May 24 - 26, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
The conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida -- approximately 13 miles from Orlando International