The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 12.17.18

DOL Seeks Nominations on Workforce Information Advisory Council under WIOA

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Last week the Department of Labor (DOL) posted a request for nominations for membership on the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), which was created as part of the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The statute which created the WIAC “requires the Secretary [of Labor], acting through the Commissioner of Labor Statistics and the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, to formally consult at least twice annually with the WIAC to address: (1) Evaluation and improvement of the nationwide workforce and labor market information system established by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and of the statewide systems that comprise the nationwide system, and (2) how the Department of Labor and the States will cooperate in the management of those systems. The Secretary, acting through the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and in consultation with the WIAC and appropriate federal agencies, must also develop a two-year plan for management of the labor market information system. The statute generally prescribes how the plan is to be developed and implemented, outlines the contents of the plan, and requires the Secretary to submit the plan to designated authorizing committees in the House and Senate.”

ANCOR is sharing this item because of the opportunities federal workforce planning could present in terms of addressing the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce crisis.  ANCOR will be nominating someone to serve in this role.