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Board Member Information

Becoming a Board Member is an excellent way to contribute to the community in which we live and work. In order to familiarize new and prospective Board members with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Board's responsibilities, below is pertinent orientation information.

Section I: Overview

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.  WIOA supersedes the Workforce Development Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

WIOA provides for the establishment of a State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) in each state, as well as local area Workforce Development Boards (WDBs). The WDBs have broad scopes of responsibility for overseeing workforce development for their communities. WIOA provides funds to meet local needs, and emphasizes meeting both the needs of business and job seekers. For more information and the complete text of the legislation, go to

Under WIOA, both job seekers and employers are eligible for services such as job search and placement assistance, labor market information, resume preparation, initial assessment of skills and needs, and information about available services and job openings. These services are provided through "America’s Job Centers".

WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development:

WIOA also authorizes programs for specific vulnerable populations, including the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs as well as evaluation and multistate projects administered by DOL. In addition, WIOA authorizes other programs administered by the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services

WIB Member Job Description

WIB Member Job Description

Section II: Governance

Board Member Information

WIB By-Laws

Strategic Plan 2005-2008

Strategic Plan Modification 2008

Functional Alignment Addendum

Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure

Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedures

Section III: Performance & Funding

WIA Common Measures

Each WDB is accountable to NYSDOL for performance measures under the WIOA Program. In turn, NYS is accountable to USDOL for these same measures. These measures are called Common Measures as they are used across several different federal funding programs.  Last year’s cumulative performance report card can be accessed here.

Adult and Dislocated Worker Measures

Youth Measures

NYSDOL Customer Service Indicators

In addition the federal Common Measures, NYSDOL has instituted their own measures called "indicators" to demonstrate the effectiveness of the local workforce development systems. If an area achieves 100% or more of these measures for their program year, it is eligible for an incentive in the form of an additional allocation of funding to be used for special projects/programs. These indicators are subject to change each year as determined by NYSDOL. Last year’s cumulative Customer Service Indicator report can be accessed here.

Section IV: References

Definitions of Acronyms

Many organizations and agencies are concerned with labor, welfare, education and other departmental issues. Agencies and legislation are often referred to by acronyms. The following is a list of commonly used acronyms that may assist you.

Definition of Acronyms