Workforce Investment Act

The provisions of the Actis delineated into five subchapters:
Workforce Investment Definitions
Sets forth definitions for workforce investment programs as cited by the chapter and for future legislation using this Act as basis for funding.
Statewide and Local Workforce Investment Systems [edit]
Directs state governors to establish and appoint the members of a statewide partnership to assist in the development of the state plan.
Directs state governors to designate local workforce investment areas in accordance with specified requirements.
Requires that local workforce investment boards, and youth councils within such boards, be established in each local area of a state.
Job Corps [edit]
Revises provisions for the Job Corps (formerly under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), which this title repeals and replaces.)
Provides for Job Corps recruitment standards, graduate readjustment allowances through local one-stop customer service centers, industry councils and management information.
Revises Job Corps requirements for:
Individual eligibility
Screening, selection, assignment, and enrollment
Job Corps Centers
Program activities and continued services
Counseling and job placement
Operating plan
Standards of conduct
Community participation
Advisory committees
Experimental, research, and demonstration projects.
National Programs [edit]
Provides for workforce investment activities and supplemental services under programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, migrant and seasonal farmworkers and veterans (replacing similar programs formerly under JTPA.)
Directs the Secretary of Labor to make youth opportunity grants to eligible local partnerships to provide specified activities to increase the long-term employment of eligible youth who live in empowerment zones, enterprise communities, and high poverty areas.
Directs the Secretary to provide assistance to an entity to establish a role model academy for out-of-school youth in a residential center located on the site of a closed or realigned military installation.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to provide technical assistance to states to help with transitions, general performance improvement, and dislocated worker training improvement.
Directs the Secretary to publish a biennial plan for demonstration, pilot, multiservice, research, and multistate projects. Sets forth requirements for such projects under such plan, including competitive award procedures and peer review.
Directs the Secretary to provide for continuing evaluation of programs and activities under this title. Authorizes the Secretary to conduct evaluations of other federally funded employment-related programs and activities.
Authorizes the Secretary to make national emergency grants for:
Employment and training assistance to workers affected by major economic dislocations
Disaster relief employment
Additional assistance for dislocated workers
Administration [edit]
Sets forth requirements for:
Labor standards, prohibitions on worker displacement, and other requirements relating to use of funds
Prompt allocation of funds
Fiscal controls and sanctions
Reports, recordkeeping, and investigations
Administrative adjudication
Judicial review
State legislative authority
Workforce flexibility partnership plans
Use of certain real property
Continuation of State activities and policies.
Declares that a state shall not be prohibited by the federal government from drug use testing of participants in certain workforce investment programs and sanctioning those who test positive.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission is a governmental agency in the U.S. state of Texas that provides unemployment benefits and services related to employment to eligible individuals and businesses.
For employers, TWC offers recruiting, retention, training and retraining, and outplacement services, as well as valuable information on labor law and unemployment insurance, tax-saving programs and labor market planning. For job seekers, TWC offers career development information, job search resources, training programs, and administers the unemployment benefits program.
TWC’s online job-matching system,, features thousands of opportunities for Texas jobseekers and qualified applicants for Texas employers.
One large program, the Skills Development Fund, is Texas’ premier job–training program providing training dollars for Texas businesses to help workers learn new skills and upgrade existing skills.
Through TWC’s new “Texas Back to Work” program, employers can earn up to $2,000 for each new employee they hire who has been receiving unemployment insurance.
TWC also administers the Texas Payday Law, Texas Child Labor Law and Child Care Services. TWC works with 28 Local Workforce Development Boards to provide employment assistance and promote self-sufficiency for customers. The boards oversee the delivery of child care services, employment and training programs for welfare recipients, as well as planning employment services in their area’s Texas Workforce Centers. They also direct the services called for under the Workforce Investment Act.
The agency is headquartered in Downtown Austin.