TAWB Congressional Update

TAWB Congressional Update

CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE
February 22, 2014
FEDERAL LEGISLATION
S.1356 – Sen. Murray (WA)
The “Workforce Investment Act of 2013”; reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act and proposes
changes to federal job training programs. Connects a range of workforce, education and training
programs by requiring comprehensive planning at the state and local levels, adopting a shared approach
to performance measurement and removing long-standing barriers to eligibility determination for
certain programs. The bill also authorizes Workforce Innovation Funds that are expected to identify
promising service strategies for adults and youth.
Status: Passed by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; Motion to
proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
HR 5 – Rep. Kline (MN)
Referred to as the Student Success Act, HR 5 is intended to restore local control, support more effective
teachers, reduce the federal footprint, and empower parents.
Status: Passed in House of Representatives; Referred to Senate committee: Received in the Senate and
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
HR 497 – Rep. Barletta (PA)
“America Works Act” – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require state or local
workforce investment systems to use youth activities funds for programs that provide training, which
may include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary
credentials aligned with in-demand occupations or industries in the local area involved.
Authorizes the operator and employees of a one-stop center, in assisting individuals in selecting
programs of training services, to give priority consideration to such programs. Amends the Carl D.
Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Trade Act of 1974 to require the same
priority consideration in the state and local plans for career and technical education programs as well as
in tech prep programs and trade adjustment assistance (TAA) programs.
Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
HR 798 – Reps. Tierney (MA), Hinojosa (TX), Miller (CA)
Democrat version of WIA reauthorization. The “Workforce Investment Act of 2013.” would modernize
the current system by promoting more effective coordination among local stakeholders including
business representatives, labor organizations, educational institutions, economic development agencies,
and community-based organizations. The bill would also increase the accountability of programs to
taxpayers, and encourage innovation and best practices throughout the system.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; Referred to the
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training HR 803 – Rep. Foxx (NC)
The “Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act or SKILLS Act”; streamlines and
eliminates 35 programs, including 27 identified in a 2011 report by the nonpartisan Government
Accountability Office (GAO). The proposal creates a single Workforce Investment Fund to assist state
and local workforce leaders in developing comprehensive employment and training systems to get
Americans back to work. Status: Passed by House of Representatives; Referred to Senate Committee on
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
HR 919 – Rep. Loebsack (IA) Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success Act of
2013 or SECTORS Act of 2013 – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require the Secretary
of Labor to award renewable three-year competitive industry or sector partnership grants to eligible
entities to develop strategies that: (1) encourage growth and competitiveness through work with
employers within a targeted industry cluster; (2) help workers move toward economic self-sufficiency
and ensure that they have access to supportive services; (3) address the needs of firms with limited
human resources or in-house training capacity, including small- and medium-sized firms; and (4)
coordinate with entities that carry out state and local workforce investment, economic development,
and education activities.
Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
HR 1000 – Rep Conyers (MI) “Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act” – Directs the
Secretary of Labor to establish a Full Employment National Trust Fund with two separate accounts for:
(1) Employment Opportunity Grants to states, local governments, and Indian tribes for job-creating
activities in communities whose economy is not at a level of full employment; and (2) Workforce
Investment programs.
Status: Referred to House subcommittee; Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment,
Labor, and Pensions.
HR 1340 – Rep. Fattah (PA)
“Urban Jobs Act of 2013” – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to authorize the Secretary of
Labor to make competitive grants to national or regional private nonprofit community-based
organizations to carry out Urban Jobs Programs to provide job training, education, and support services
and activities for eligible urban youth to provide them with a pathway to employment, or education
leading to employment.
Status: Referred to House subcommittee; Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and
Workforce Training.
HR 2560 – Rep. Miller (GA) “Community College to Career Fund Act” – Amends the Workforce
Investment Act of 1998 to direct the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education to award
competitive grants to: (1) institutions of higher education for educational or career training programs for
workers, (2) state or local organizations in partnership with community colleges and other training
providers for pay-for-performance projects and pay-for-success job training projects, (3) state or local
governments to provide job training or recruiting activities necessary to provide skilled workers for
businesses that have relocated or are considering relocating operations outside the United States but
may instead relocate them to areas served by those governments, and (4) institutions of higher
education in partnership with local or regional economic development entities to provide training in
starting a small business and entrepreneurship.
Status: Referred to House subcommittee; Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and
Workforce Training. HR 3028 – Rep. Heck (NV)
Career and Technical Education Equity Act – Amends the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education
Act of 2006 to revise hold harmless requirements for the allotment of career and technical education
assistance grants to states. Prohibits a state from receiving an allotment for a fiscal year that is less than
90% of the allotment the state received for the preceding fiscal year. (Currently, no state may receive an
allotment less than the one it received for FY1998.)
Status: Referred to House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
HR 3061 – Rep Wilson (FL)
“Youth Corps Act of 2013” – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to authorize the Secretary
of Labor to make grants to eligible public or private nonprofit agencies or organizations to carry out
Youth Corps programs that utilize the Youth Corps model to provide eligible youth age 16 through 24
with education and work readiness training to enable them to find employment in the economy of the
21st century, and instill in them a sense of civic engagement and environmental stewardship.
Defines “Youth Corps model” as a youth education and training program for which an eligible entity
provides eligible youth, among other things, with stipended or paid work experience and basic and
technical skills training leading to: (1) enrollment in postsecondary education or training, (2) attainment
of an industry-recognized certification or credential, (3) meaningful employment in the economy of the
21st century, or (4) military service.
Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
HR 3461 – Rep. Miller (CA)
“Strong Start for America’s Children Act,” – targeted at improving access to preschool for 4-year-olds,
creating early learning quality partnerships, and supporting child care and home visitation.
Directs the Secretary of Education to allot matching grants to states and, through them, sub-grants to
local educational agencies (LEAs), childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities
to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families.
Status: Referred to the House Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 Committee on Education
and the Workforce.
HR 3697 – Rep Hinojosa (TX)
“Adult Education and Economic Growth Act” – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1988 to revise
requirements for statewide and local workforce investment systems to include adult education
activities. Replaces statewide and local workforce investment systems with adult education and
workforce investment systems. Revises member composition of: (1) state workforce investment boards
to include the lead state agency officials with particular responsibility for implementing adult education
and literacy activities; and (2) youth councils established by local workforce investment boards to
include representatives of adult education. Revises requirements for five-year state and local worker
investment plans.
Amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) to include among adult education and
literacy services programs activities to assist adults with limited English proficiency to improve their
English and mathematical skills, acquire an understanding of the American system of government and
responsibilities of citizenship, and, where necessary, obtain knowledge and skills to transition to
postsecondary education, job training, and employment in family-sustaining jobs.
Revises requirements for the allocation and reservation of AEFLA funds.
Status: Referred to House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the
Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each
case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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