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House passes the Workforce Investment Act

On March 15, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act which would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

The ALA Washington Office has been working with Members on both sides of the aisle on this legislation and is encouraged that H.R. 803 would help to ensure greater participation of libraries in our nation’s workforce investment system.  In particular, H.R. 803 includes provisions that:

  • Ensure the state workforce investment plan includes a description      of the actions that will be taken by the state to foster communication,      coordination, and partnerships with non-profit organizations — including      public libraries (under section 112(b));
  • Ensure the local state workforce investment plan includes a      description of the strategies and services that will be used in the local      area to better coordinate workforce development programs with employment,      training, and literacy services carried out by non-profit organizations —      including libraries (under section 118(b)); and
  • Authorize public libraries that carry out employment, training, and      literacy services as additional one-stop partners so they can better      assist with workforce development activities (under section 121(b)(2)(B)).

In addition, the ALA Washington Office would like to think Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) on his efforts to make sure that libraries were included in H.R. 803.

Next, this legislation will move on to the U.S. Senate where it will have a monumental task at getting passed.  However, we are beginning to reach out to the Senate to help ensure that their version of WIA reauthorization legislation also includes provisions that would encourage greater participation of libraries in the workforce development system.

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Jeffrey Kratz

Jeffrey Kratz is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

One Comment

  1. mike mike

    This bill closes the doors of the public employment service and job training and eliminates sections 1 – 16 of the Wagner Peyser Act. Now I can only assume that library clerks, temp agencies and paysites will assist employers with job openings. We will be giving all tax dollars to the already corrupt jr colleges that had one indictment after another on employees. Not to mention the slimey grant recipients that will be coming out of the woodwork!!

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