This brief describes some of the critical updates the House bill makes to WIOA. It also offers CLASP's recommendations for Congress to build toward a workforce system that empowers workers and helps create broadly shared prosperity.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the federal legislation governing the public workforce system—and it is up for reauthorization for the first time since 2014. As Congress considers reauthorization, CLASP recommends focusing on five priorities to help people secure better jobs.
States have a new opportunity to use federal funding through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training Program to offer paid work-based learning activities to workers and jobseekers who have been overlooked for far too long and often face compounded economic marginalization.
The public health and economic crises of the past year have exacerbated existing economic inequities. The pandemic has devastated Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color; workers in jobs paying low wages; youth and young adults; women and women of color; and people impacted by…