Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220) authorizes federal employment and training programs for adults, disadvantaged youth and dislocated workers (Title I), adult education and literacy programs (Title II, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act), and vocational rehabilitation programs (Title IV). The act requires related programs, including employment services authorized under the Wagner- Peyser Act, to become part of an integrated one-stop workforce delivery system.
CLASP advocates for policy changes in WIA Title I to help low-income individuals and low-wage workers build the skills necessary to succeed in the labor market and to ensure that employers have access to the qualified workers they need to retain and create good jobs. We provide policymakers and state advocates with analysis of the opportunities available within the federal policy framework.
CLASP priorities for WIA adult programs are to focus workforce investment programs on developing education and training pathways from low-wage to high-skilled jobs as well as implementing holistic programs such as transitional jobs programs that help individuals address barriers to employment and get connected to jobs.
Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act: The House Workforce Block Grant Bill Heads in the Wrong Direction
An Analysis of Adult Education Provisions in WIA Reauthorization Proposals
A Litmus for Legislation: Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Restructure Federal Workforce Programs
Recommendations for Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (Title I) Adult Program (Updated)
CLASP priorities for WIA youth programs are to ensure greater targeting of resources and more comprehensive services for out-of-school and high-risk youth and to strengthen the strategic role of youth councils. We also advocate to re-activate Youth Opportunity Grants or similar vehicles directed at high poverty communities to connect multiple systems, funding streams, and community resources to improve education and labor market outcomes for youth.
Testimony Submitted for the Record to the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Hearing on Disconnected and Disadvantaged Youth
Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization May Move Youth Development Field Back a Decade
Campaign for Youth Sign-On Letter: House WIA Bill Threatens Education and Employment Programs for Low-income and Disconnected Youth
For information on CLASP recommendations related to WIA provisions under the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, see CLASP's Workforce Education and Training Policy Recommendations to Promote Inclusive Economic Recovery.