The House of Representatives passed legislation on July 9 consolidating and updating existing federal jobs training programs. The bill, dubbed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (HR 803), passed by a vote of 415-6. It was previously passed by the Senate on June 25 by a vote of 95-3. It now heads to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
The bill authorizes $58 billion in federal funding over 6 years, while eliminating 15 programs deemed redundant. It applies a single set of outcome metrics to every federal workforce program and authorizes states and local workforce boards to implement pay-for-performance contracts for training programs, according to a bill summary.