11 Years Late, Key Job-Training Legislation Finally Heads Toward Passage

May 22, 2014

After many false starts, members of Congress have reached agreement on a bill to reauthorize federal job-training programs. The compromise bill, which could come to the Senate floor as early as next week, would streamline the nation’s system for work-force development, ending 15 federally funded programs and shrinking state and local work-force-investment boards. It would also apply a standard set of outcome measures to evaluate all federal job-training programs. In the 2012 fiscal year, the federal government sent more than $3-billion to states to support local and regional work-force programs.