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Ms. Regina Suitt
Region 7 and Public Policy Chair (2012–2015)



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Public Policy Update

Good News:

The House and Senate reached an agreement for a nearly $1.1 trillion FY 2015 spending bill on Saturday, December 13th . It will fund most of the federal government through September 30, 2015. There was one exception and several controversial riders attached to it. The bill now goes to the President.  

Adult Education is in this budget under WIOA Title II for $582,667,000, this is a $5 million increase from the previous fiscal year. It still isn't at pre- sequester levels, but it is moving in the right direction. Adult Education groups, including COABE, advocated for a larger increase but any increase in this budget environment should be seen as a win!

COABE also advocated for reinstating ability-to-benefit (ATB) financial aid eligibility for students without high school diplomas enrolled in career pathway programs at community colleges. Even though this is a partial reinstatement, it will benefit adult education programs and students in Integrated Education Programs or in career pathway programs. More...

2015 House and Senate Recess Schedule

During Recess periods, Members of Congress are likely to be home. It is an excellent time for them to visit local programs and meet students. Most Members do not know what you do and the success and impact you have. If you show them, we are more likely to get their support. Please forward this to your local programs and encourage them to plan ahead for a visit.

2015 House and Recess Schedule



January 6, 2015

114th Congress Convenes

January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–Federal Holiday

February 2, 2015

Legal Date for Release of FY16 Budget

February 16, 2015

Presidents' Day–Federal Holiday

February 16-20, 2015

House and Senate Recess

March 9-13, 2015

House Recess

March 16, 2015

Suspension of Debt Ceiling Expires

March 30–April 10, 2015

House and Senate Recess

April 15, 2015

Deadline of Enactment of FY 16 Budget Resolution

May 4-8, 2015

House Recess

May 25, 2015

Memorial Day–Federal Holiday

May 25-29, 2015

House and Senate Recess

June 29–July 3, 2015

House and Senate Recess

July 4, 2015

July 4th–Federal Holiday

August 3–September 7, 2015

House Recess

August 10–September 7, 2015

Senate Recess

September 7, 2015

Labor Day–Federal Holiday



























National Public Policy Activities

COABE's Public Policy Committee has been active on behalf of the field by engaging in the following activities:

• Feedback was submitted on behalf of COABE for the Secretary of Education's request for formal comments on proposed discretionary grant priorities. Read the letter here.

• An Action Alert was sent to the Contact Network asking for program leaders and state organizations to thank the legislators who voted for WIOA.

• Information about new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Vice President's Job-Driven Training Report along with links to stay informed including the Department of Labor's and Education's WIOA web and email resources was posted on the COABE website here.

Take advantage of the new WIOA legislation to educate your policymakers at the local, state and national level.

PIAAC, Comparing Basic Skills and Competencies of Adults Around the World

imgThe Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65. Similar samples of adults were surveyed in each of the 24 other participating countries. The goal of PIAAC is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world. The assessment focuses on cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Specifically, PIAAC measures relationships between individuals' educational background, workplace experiences and skills, occupational attainment, use of information and communications technology, and cognitive skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. 

PIAAC builds on knowledge and experiences gained from previous international adult assessments - the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL). PIAAC enhances and expands on these previous assessments' frameworks and, at the same time, improves upon their design and methodologies.

Interested in more details? Learn more here.



Public Policy Update: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 

Dear Workforce Stakeholder:

Thank you joining the call last week regarding the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Vice President's Job-Driven Training Report. We value the tremendous interest in the field and the opportunity to remain engaged with you as we implement the law and administrative actions outlined in the report. Listed below are the Department of Labor's and Education’s WIOA web and email resources. We hope that you visit the sites and email us with comments and suggestions. Also listed is the White House landing page for a link to the Job-Driven Training Report, videos, and related resources.

WIOA Resource Page www.doleta.gov/WIOA
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to DOL staff atDOL.WIOA@dol.gov

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) WIOA Resource Page http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-reauthorization.html
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to OCTAE staff atAskAEFLA@ed.gov.

The Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration WIOA Resource Page http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-reauthorization.html

Job-Driven Training Report and Resources

Again, thank you for joining call. We look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Jeremy Bishop
Special Assistant to the Secretary 
Office of Public Engagement
US Department of Labor