2015-01-20 National Governors Association

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20210

The Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell
Secretary of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

The Honorable Arne Duncan
Secretary of Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Dear Secretaries Perez, Burwell and Duncan:

On behalf of the nation’s governors, we write to offer the attached recommendations to guide the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

We applaud Congress for reauthorizing critical job training legislation that supports state efforts to increase employer capacity and grow state economies. It is imperative that federal rules, regulations and guidance reflect the flexibility Congress granted governors and local elected officials to design a job training system that works best for the unique needs of their citizens.

Our principles and recommendations prioritize consulting with governors, promoting flexibility and enhancing customer-focused service. We also offer recommendations to facilitate the transition to common performance measures, unified state planning and new state flexibility for federal workforce funding.

We appreciate the town halls, webinars and listening sessions that your agencies have held for state and local stakeholders throughout the country. As you work to complete rulemaking, governors are pleased to offer any assistance you may need from the National Governors Association and our offices.

Thank you for your commitment to work with states and localities to put WIOA into action. Governors stand ready to assist your departments to ensure that our workers and economy continue to lead the world in the 21st century.

Sincerely,

Governor Brian Sandoval
Chair
Education and Workforce Committee

Governor Maggie Hassan
Vice Chair
Education and Workforce Committee