Washington Update: Budget Edition

February 27, 2015

This month’s Washington Update contains an in-depth analysis of key workforce and education funding requests in President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request and details on new guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) on WIOA implementation. 

The FY 2016 budget proposes significant, new investments in training and skills, including a new $21 billion Job Driven Training Proposal consisting of High Growth Sector Training Grants, an Apprenticeship Training Fund, and Connecting Opportunity Grants to serve disconnected youth. The budget also calls for funding increases for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other workforce education and training programs, and includes new details on America’s College Promise and the American Technical Training Fund.

The DOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14 identifies goals for WIOA implementation, as well as specific actions states and local areas can take now to implement the law. ETA specifically calls on state and local workforce boards to support sector strategies and career pathways that advance opportunities for all workers and jobseekers, and instructs states and local areas to develop partnerships across programs and agencies and with business facilitate the development of sector strategies and career pathways approaches within WIOA.

Check out the full Washington Update for more details.