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WIA Reauthorization: The Bush Administration's Proposal

Source: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 2003.
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The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) provides workforce investment services and activities through statewide and local One-Stop Career Center systems that have at their core the goals of (1) enhanced employment, retention, and earnings of individuals, (2) increased occupational skills attainment, and (3) improved national economic growth through better productivity and competitiveness. The authorization of WIA expires on September 30, 2003. WIA reauthorization is an opportunity to strengthen the coordinating infrastructure and innovation that many states and local communities have developed to serve businesses and individuals with workforce needs.

Reauthorization of WIA also provides an opportunity to further the transformation and integration of the One-Stop Career Center delivery system into a coherent workforce investment system that can respond quickly and effectively to the changing needs of business and the new economy. Reauthorization will build on and improve what works under WIA; it also will identify barriers and fix what doesn't work. Its broad design is to partner and connect with the private sector and with postsecondary education and training, social services, and economic development systems to prepare the 21st century workforce for career opportunities and skills in high growth sectors.



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