Researcher(s): Dan O’Shea and Christopher T. King
Date: April 2001
Publisher(s): Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY
Publication Type: Full Report (PDF)
Abstract: The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), the first significant attempt to retool the nation’s workforce development programs since the early 1980s, represents broad support for a national workforce development system based on informed consumer choice, universal access to employment and training services, more systemic accountability, strong local governance, and active private sector participation. This report discusses key features of WIA and the early implementation experiences and challenges faced by states and localities, based largely on research in Texas, Tennessee, and Washington State.