FGA Addresses Missed Opportunities in Democrats’ Workforce Reauthorization Bill (HR 7309)
NAPLES, FL—The proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2022 reauthorizes various education and training services intended to assist individuals as they prepare to reenter the workforce. It is the main source of federal funding for employment and training programs for Americans without college degrees.
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) finds that the Democrats’ current version of WIOA lacks transparency and opens the door for abuse of taxpayer funds, taking the U.S. economy in the wrong direction.
With inflation at a 40-year high—and unprecedented workforce shortages—this proposed bill would compound America’s economic and workforce woes by requiring billions in new federal spending over a six-year period. Instead of improving employment and training outcomes for unemployed workers, the Democrats’ proposal limits state flexibility and puts union bosses ahead of workers.
This reauthorization is a missed opportunity. Better solutions would increase transparency and accountability for local workforce boards. American workers need expanded opportunities for apprenticeships, innovation, and the on-the-job training—not more layers of bureaucracy.
Americans deserve to know that their tax dollars produce real results. Changes to the current version of WIOA are necessary before it is reauthorized to protect taxpayer investments in our workforce and continually allow alternative pathways to work to flourish.
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.