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Guidance on Revising WIA Plans for May 2005

Once again, the time has come for states to revise their Workforce Investment Act (WIA) plans. Due to the anticipated reauthorization of WIA in the next two years, revisions will only be required to cover a two-year period. To assist states, policy expert Bobby Silverstein has written two memos that analyze the planning requirements from a disability perspective. We anticipate that these memos will be useful for workforce investment boards and disability providers.

Plans are due May 31, 2005.

For more information, read the Federal Register announcement. Excerpt:

SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to provide interested parties with the revisions to portions of the ``Workforce Investment Act: Final Unified Planning Guidance: Notice'' related to title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the Wagner Peyser Act and the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) under title V of the Older Americans Act, for use by States. The Department is anticipating the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) within the next two years. Therefore, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is requiring revisions to the Unified Plan related to WIA and Wagner- Peyser only for the first two years of the five-year planning cycle. For SCSEP, States have the option of submitting a two year plan as well. ``Options for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education that are included in a State's Five-year Strategic Unified Plan also are discussed in this notice.'' The Unified Planning Guidance and Instructions provide a framework for the collaboration of Governors, Local Elected Officials, businesses and other partners to continue the development of workforce investment systems that address customer needs; deliver integrated, user-friendly services; and are accountable to the customers and the public. . DATES: The effective date of this document is April 12, 2005. Due date for Plan submission is May 31, 2005.

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