Bills introduced to consolidate job training programs

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act (H.R. 3610).  The bill would consolidate 33 of the 47 job training programs identified in a 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office, including grants for supported employment and Projects with Industry authorized in the Rehabilitation Act (the bill would replace Projects with Industry with a new section, “Collaboration with Industry”).  Vocational rehabilitation services authorized in the Rehabilitation Act would not be consolidated.  Additionally, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) introduced the Local Job Opportunities and Business Success (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3611).  The bill would amend the Workforce Investment Act to increase the role of business in local workforce boards and their activities.

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