America Forward applauds the bicameral, bipartisan agreement on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization deal announced yesterday and urges the swift passage of final WIA legislation in Congress. WIA was last updated the year that Google was incorporated (1998) and it is noteworthy that in this challenging political environment that legislators are coming together to recognize the importance of developing America's workers, particularly those who need training to succeed in our economy. We are particularly happy to see the inclusion of the Pay for Success option that enables local boards to tie dollars to outcomes. America Forward and the America Forward Coalition worked closely with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) to develop this option and believe that when WIA is signed into law, this will result in a stronger, more inclusive workforce by ensuring that our limited workforce funds go to providers that deliver results.
Deborah S. Smolover, J.D.
Executive Director, America Forward
New Profit Inc.
AMERICA FORWARD is a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan policy initiative that unites national policymakers with innovators who lead high-impact results-driven organizations to advance a public policy agenda championing innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems. America Forward is an initiative of New Profit Inc. New Profit is a national venture philanthropy fund that invests in, and provides strategic support to, a portfolio of leading social entrepreneurial organizations to strengthen, connect, and amplify their impact and increase social mobility in America.
THE AMERICA FORWARD COALITION is a network of 50 innovative, impact-oriented organizations, working in every state and in more than 900 communities nationwide, dedicated to driving systemic change in education, early childhood, workforce development, public health, and poverty alleviation. America Forward Coalition members share a commitment to innovating to achieve better results, using data to track progress and ensure accountability, and leveraging resources across silos and sectors to improve the lives of the people they serve. Our Coalition organizations are achieving measurable outcomes in communities across the country every day. We believe that innovative policy approaches that spur innovation, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships can transform these local results into national change and propel all of America forward.
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