3.1   Preamble

For Americans to stay competitive in the global economy, it will take bold transformation and modernization of our nation’s education and workforce systems and a stronger federal-state partnership.   Every member of the workforce must be given the opportunity to realize their full potential over the course of their careers in order to keep pace with the ever- evolving demand for new skills and knowledge. 

As leaders of their states, governors are uniquely positioned to advance statewide efforts to increase access to workforce training and post-secondary education, improve credential and degree attainment, while ensuring transparency and accountability of the public investment.

3.2   Principles

3.2.1  Workforce Investment Act.

  • Provide governors with increased flexibility to transfer federal funding between programs and eliminate eligibility requirements that restrict alignment and integration of programs.
  • Champion state-led innovations and avoid unfunded mandates by maintaining the 15 percent set-aside for statewide activities.
  • Ensure that states can continue to be the “incubators of innovation” by not redirecting federal funding for states to federally controlled competitive grant programs. 
  • Support statewide and regional based workforce systems to increase efficiencies, reduce administrative costs, and ultimately make available more training to more workers.
  • Provide governors with expanded authority to appoint State Workforce Investment Board members and direct the work of the State Board.
  • Enact state created common performance measures across federally funded workforce programs and streamline state data collection and reporting requirements.

3.2.2    Post-Secondary Education.

  • Support state-led efforts to raise credential attainment rates, increase college completion, improve productivity and ensure college access and affordability.
  • Eliminate state maintenance of effort requirements for higher education that can ultimately discourage state investments and jeopardize educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
  • Streamline and coordinate regulations across federally funded programs to promote better accountability, transparency and reduce redundancies and administrative costs.

Time limited (effective Winter Meeting 2015 – Winter Meeting 2017).
Adopted Winter Meeting 2015.