The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States
Researcher(s):Burt S. Barnow and Christopher T. King
Date: February 2005
Publisher: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY
Publication Type: Full Report (PDF) and Executive Summary (PDF)
Abstract: This report concluded a two-year study of workforce service delivery in eight states, 16 local areas, and more than 30 local One-Stop Career Centers operating under the auspices of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The purpose of this study was to provide useful information for both national policymakers in the Executive Branch and Congress for WIA and related reauthorizations (e.g., Perkins, TANF) and for program administrators and policy researchers. The research was designed to enhance understanding of the way workforce service delivery has been operating across the United States. The five major topics which the study addressed were: (1) leadership, including the role of employers and the private sector; (2) system administration and funding; (3) organization and operation of One-Stop Career Centers; (4) service orientation and mix; and (5) the use of market mechanisms such as the Eligible Training Provider (ETP) list, performance standards, and Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).