This newsletter featured new fact sheets on the College Transparency Act (CTA) and key takeaways from the President's FY 2019 budget request. The newsletter also highlighted WDQC's advocacy before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and a presentation on non-degree credentials during a Think College webinar. Read the full newsletter.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released on February 16 a new Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The TEGL provides an update on guidelines relevant to WIOA performance negotiations. The negotiation process establishes state and local goals for WIOA common measures, including employment rates and earnings, for which states and local areas will be held accountable.
The Trump Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 on February 12. The budget eliminates two state grant programs that WDQC has supported for connecting education and workforce data. In one bright spot, however, the budget proposes expanding access to wage data for performance measurement and evidence-based policymaking.
Funding proposals related to workforce data include:
Results for America released two reports that address how leaders at different levels of government should use data to improve higher education outcomes:
With the recent lapse in appropriations partially shutting down the federal government and another Continuing Resolution until February 8, here is a brief update on funding for workforce data in the FY2018 budget process. The biggest question mark for workforce data remains funding for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new grant opportunity for states to improve their data collection and reporting systems for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T).
All 53 state agencies that administer SNAP may apply for this competitive grant. USDA will select up to nine states to receive awards of $300,000 to $1 million each. Selected states may use the funds over a three-year period to accomplish one or more of the following activities:
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $11.4 million in its sixth round of Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants. This funding helps states analyze the effectiveness of workforce and education programs, and develop consumer information tools.
The U.S. Department of Labor invites State Workforce Agencies to apply for a new round of Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants, including a new “super grant” that will allow one state to integrate case management, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with the state’s longitudinal data system.
In December 2016, Rhode Island’s Governor’s Workforce Board passed a new policy clarifying the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)’s definition of “dislocated worker.” Under this new definition, the state estimates that more than twice as many dislocated workers will be eligible to receive services paid for by federal grant funds already awarded to the state.
How well have workforce programs served their customers? The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is trying to answer this question by overseeing one of the most rigorous studies ever done of federally-supported workforce programs.