The Obama Administration today released an action plan for improving federally-funded job training programs, including commitments to more effectively measure participants’ employment outcomes and use data to align training with labor market demands.
An appropriations bill to fund labor, education and health programs in 2015 has stalled in the Senate.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies discussed the bill on Tuesday and we expected the full committee to consider it today, but CQ Roll Call reports that markup of the bill has been delayed indefinitely.
Building on the principles in its policy agenda, WDQC proposes specific recommendations for federal action — both legislative and administrative — that would support better data for accountability, transparency and program improvement. (Note: the recommendations document was updated to reflect the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.)
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant solicitation released today by the U.S. Department of Labor uses several strategies to encourage colleges to collect and use data on student outcomes.
TAACCCT grants will award $450 million to higher education institutions to support sector-based training programs no longer than two years. This is the fourth round of grants.
A bill that would reauthorize federal grants to support state longitudinal data systems passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce this morning.
WDQC sent a letter of support for the proposed legislation in advance of today’s committee markup.
Rachel Zinn, WDQC Director, served as a panelist during a meeting of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grantees yesterday in Washington, DC. She talked about ways to improve access to and alignment of K-12, higher education and workforce data systems, and also introduced WDQC’s policy agenda for reform to meeting participants.
State data systems would get continued federal support under the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for 2015.
Federal agencies should push harder to use their data for research that aids in policy and program improvements, according to a recent memo from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The memo explains that research and evaluation “help the Federal Government understand how public needs are changing, how well Federal policy and programs are addressing those needs, and where greater progress can be achieved.”