The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies. Similar to the Senate version, the legislation generally maintains current funding levels for workforce data, except for a decrease in the amount allocated to a grant program that supports state longitudinal data systems.
The House passed legislation yesterday that requires the U.S. Department of Education to publish a College Dashboard with information about postsecondary institutions. Data points would include net price, graduation rates, and "a link to national and regional data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on starting salaries in all major occupations."
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released new recommendations for federal policymakers on how to create strong education data policies. DQC argues that federal policymakers play a critical role in creating a culture empowering state and local education leaders to use data effectively. This two-page resource provides framing and an overview of DQC's recommendations.
The legislatively-mandated bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is starting to take shape, with a majority of members appointed. The Commission will study how to improve the integration of federal data, including information about federal program participants and tax expenditures.
The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies. The legislation, touted by leaders as the "first bipartisan Senate Labor-HHS bill in seven years," generally maintains current funding levels for workforce data.
Congress passed the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 yesterday. The legislation, which received wide bipartisan support, would establish a Commission to make recommendations on government data that may be used to evaluate federal programs and the spending of public dollars.
The 2017 President's Budget, scheduled for release on Feb. 9, includes $545 million for upgrading workforce data that can help improve training programs and match unemployed workers with job openings.
A Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 “omnibus” spending bill was adopted into law on Friday, funding government operations through September 30, 2016. The legislation contains critical funding increases for key workforce and education programs, including initiatives supporting state data systems and labor market information.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a new pilot program, Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP), which would extend eligibility for federal student aid to participants in certain short-term training programs.