Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI
On February 19, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Advisory System issued an Advisory: Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14 (TEGL), the vision for the workforce system and initial implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.
TEGL No. 19-14 lays out the vision of how the workforce development system will be transformed as a result of implementation of the WIOA. The notice provides a summary of the vision, goals and objective of the Act. It also provides an overview of the upcoming guidance and technical assistance to be issued in the near future (Spring 2015). Although guidance, rules and regulations have not yet been released, the key message of this notice is the feds are strongly encouraging states and local workforce investment boards to take action and begin planning and implementing WIOA transition activities now!
TEGL No. 19-14 recommends that local workforce investment boards, leaders and partners begin to start moving forward to full implementation of the law. Local areas are encouraged to assess their own situations and requirements to determine what steps they need to take to support the transition. These can include but are not limited to:
Identify and allocate funding for transition activities
Per TEGL 12-14, States and Local Workforce Investment Boards may use up to two percent of the WIA’s Fiscal Year 2014 funds for WIOA Transitional Activities.
Build new, and strengthen existing partnerships
States and local areas should enhance and coordinate partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies to strengthen service delivery.
Develop transition plan
States and local areas should start developing transition plans and an implementation process which can be used to guide the implementation of WIOA.
Prepare for fiscal and program changes for transition across legislation
TEGL15-14 was issued on December 19, 2014. Management and fiscal staff must become familiar the requirements of this TEGL and its impact on the state system and the transition from WIA to WIOA.
Assess state laws
It is recommended that states review existing legislation and identify areas that are in conflict with WIOA and develop plans to resolve these conflicts.
Review Eligible Training Provider processes
Review Eligible Training Provider Lists processes and assess how they will need to be updated to meet new eligibility criteria.
Ensure new or existing youth service contractors support 75% out-of-school youth and 20% work experience expenditure rate requirements
Reassess One-Stop delivery system
Local areas and WIOA partners should start to reassess the One-Stop delivery system and what is needed to achieve seamless service delivery models that place the “Customer” at the center of program design and delivery.
Develop plans to ensure workforce investment boards become WIOA compliant
Chief elected officers should review the new requirements to reconstitute and certify boards.
Many of the provisions of the law go into effect July1, 2015. However, states and local areas need to start the planning and implementation process now to ensure success.
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