President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22nd, after overwhelming approval in the House and Senate. WIOA is the most significant reform of federal job training programs in more than 15 years. The majority of WIOA provisions will become effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment. Continue reading
The U.S. House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 415-6. The legislation, authored by Senators Harkin, Alexander, Murray, and Isakson and Representatives Kline, Miller, Foxx, and Hinojosa, was previously approved by the Senate, 95-3. The legislation is now set to become law upon the President’s signature.
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C2ER staffer Wen Sun attended the SelectUSA Summer Forum held in Washington, DC on June 17th, where Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled the newly designed Access Costs Everywhere (ACE) framework, one of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)’s tools to assist manufacturers and other businesses investing in the United States. Secretary Pritzker also discussed the Department’s investments in a wide array of other initiatives, including the newly launched U.S. Cluster Mapping tool. Continue reading
C2ER met with Justin Gibbons and Stephen Steigleder, staffers for the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee on April 25 to discuss BLS budget issues. C2ER has joined the Friends of BLS to express concerns about recent cuts to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and other programs. Others participating in the meeting included the American Statistical Association, Association of Public Data Users, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the National Association of Business Economists.
On April 29, the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee reported its mark-up of key statistical agencies, including $92.5 million below the President’s request for Census and $12 million below the President’s request for the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The Census was all over the news yesterday, as changes to health insurance coverage questions raised concerns that quality of data could be degraded, especially with regard to the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the Current Population Survey (CPS) will see changes to the wording of certain questions. Continue reading
As the appropriations process gears up on Capitol Hill, government officials, advocates, and journalists are making the case for preserving public data.
- U.S. Census Director John H. Thompson wrote a guest blog entry for ESA, Measuring our economy—200 years and still counting. Continue reading
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has announced that it will restore a portion of statistical detail to its Local Area Personal Income (LAPI) program. Continue reading