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House passes AHA-backed bill to streamline and improve workforce training programs

March 22, 2013

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The House last week voted 215-202 to approve the “Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills” (SKILLS) Act, H.R. 803, AHAsupported legislation that would promote a coordinated approach to workforce training programs.

The bill would streamline and improve workforce development programs, create a single Workforce Investment Fund to augment state workforce initiatives, and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy to make it easier for workforce development activities to be tailored to local needs.

“Without decisive intervention, workforce shortages threaten hospitals’ ability to care for patients and communities,” the AHA and its American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration said in a letter of support for the bill.

“The provisions of the SKILLS Act will help meet this need.”

For more on the letter, click on: http://tinyurl.com/cpkotz7.

The AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives subsidiary also sent a letter of support for the bill.

The bill amends and reauthorizes the 1998 “Workforce Investment Act,” or WIA, which set up business-led workforce investment boards around the country to determine local job-training needs and sought to establish one-stop career centers to assist those wanting information or training.

But the Government Accountability Office said in a 2011 report that nine federal agencies were spending about $18 billion a year to administer 47 training programs – not all under WIA’s jurisdiction – and that almost all of these programs were offering services similar to those provided by other programs. Under the current law, which has not been reauthorized since 2003, 51% of the investment boards must comprise employers.

The House-passed bill would increase that percentage to two-thirds. The Senate has not introduced reauthorization legislation, but plans to do so
soon.

A strong and engaged workforce is the lifeblood of America’s hospitals. The AHA is working to represent your concerns and to bring you the resources to understand and address workforce issues.

Learn more, by clicking on: http://tinyurl.com/cd23jbb.


The bill amends and reauthorizes the 1998 “Workforce Investment Act,” or WIA, which set up business-led workforce investment boards around the country to determine local job-training needs and sought to establish one-stop career centers to assist those wanting information or training.