New Council Will Advise on Labor Market Information

by Christina Pena
August 7, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor is requesting nominations for the formation of a new Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC).

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) mandates the creation of the WIAC, which will evaluate the nationwide and statewide workforce and labor market information (LMI) systems, and advise the Secretary of Labor on improvements. Strong LMI is critical for improving the alignment of education, training, and labor market demand.

Fourteen members will make up the WIAC, which is to have geographically diverse representation. Membership composition will in general be as follows: four representatives of lead state agencies involved in workforce investment activities, four state workforce and LMI directors, and one representative drawn from each of the following groups: training providers, economic development entities, business organizations, labor organizations, local workforce development boards, and research entitites that use workforce and labor market information.   

Nominations for individuals to serve on the WIAC must be received by October 6, 2015. Further instructions are in the Federal Register Notice, which gives examples of WIAC activities, including:

(1) Studying workforce and labor market information issues;

(2) Seeking and sharing information on innovative approaches, new technologies, and data to inform employment, skills training, and workforce and economic development decision making and policy; and

(3) Advising the Secretary on how the workforce and labor market information system can best support workforce development, planning, and program development.

The WIAC replaces the Workforce Information Council, which operated under WIOA's previous version, the Workforce Investment Act. The new council represents a shift toward incorporating a great variety of data users, including workforce program managers.