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Workforce Stakeholders Principles

In the first decade of this millennium, our nation has faced enormous tragedies, challenges, and changes that have diverted policymakers from giving workforce development and skills attainment the level of priority needed. As a result, a number of key Acts are due or soon due to be reauthorized. These Acts include:

  • The Workforce Investment Act (WIA);

  • The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act;

  • The Higher Education Act (HEA);

  • The Older Americans Act (OAA)

  • The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA); and

  • The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF).

Many of these laws authorize unique and important programs and services to common populations; therefore, the Workforce Stakeholders Group believes that the 113th Congress has a strong opportunity to:

  • Create a cohesive and broad workforce system that leverages the unique strengths and resources that numerous systemic components (see list below) bring to the table;

  • Remove the systemic barriers that allow people to fall through the cracks and that prevent them from reaching their full potential; and

  • Improve the productivity of business through the provision of skilled, competitive, and motivated workers.