Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What Congress and the President did this month.....









Nancy Dischinat
Executive Director,
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Congress and President Obama supported legislation to boost funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This funding will allow the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc., to expand on our already extensive and advanced programming for youth, adults and dislocated workers. 
The article below from the National Skills Coalition expands on details of the spending bill.
The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Inc., is committed to offering progressive
workforce opportunities and solutions for our 21st century businesses. 
Please visit our website for services offered for employees and employers www.lvwib.org

On Friday, December 18th, the President signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 “omnibus” spending bill that will fund government operations through September 30, 2016.
The legislation includes critical funding increases across a range of key workforce and education programs, as well as new funding to support apprenticeship.

The omnibus provides a boost in funding for WIOA formula state grants, including nearly $39 million in funding above current funding levels for WIOA Adult, roughly $42 million above current funding for WIOA Youth and a modest increase for formula funding for Dislocated Worker grants. The funding levels are consistent with the levels included in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request, although below the statutorily authorized levels under WIOA. The spending package also restores the Governor’s reserve under WIOA to the statutory level of 15 percent, which will allow states to carry out an expanded range of statewide activities, including implementing WIOA requirements relating to the support of sector partnerships and career pathways strategies.

The bill includes $90 million in new funding for apprenticeship programs. These funds are intended to expand activities under the National Apprenticeship Act and will be used for competitive grant programs and other arrangements with States. The President has included a request for $100 million for apprenticeship expansion in his budget request.

Funding for the Workforce Data Quality Initiative is increased to $6 million, $2 million higher than 2015 levels but well below the President’s requested $37 million.

For more information please visit http://ow.ly/Wc5DA

~Nancy


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