S. 882: WILL Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of May 07, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 882

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 7, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Cochran) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to integrate public libraries into State and local workforce investment boards, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Workforce Investments through Local Libraries Act or the WILL Act .

2.

Definitions

Section 101 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2801) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(54)

Digital literacy skills

The term digital literacy skills has the meaning given the term in section 202 of the Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. 9101).

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3.

State workforce investment boards

Section 111(b)(1)(C)(v) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2821(b)(1)(C)(v)) is amended by inserting , and heads of public libraries, after organizations.

4.

State plan

Section 112(b)(8)(A) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2822(b)(8)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in clause (ix), by striking and at the end; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(xi)

employment and training activities, and adult education and literacy activities (as defined in section 203), provided by public libraries; and

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5.

Local workforce investment board

Section 117(b)(2)(A)(iv) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2832(b)(2)(A)(iv)) is amended by striking individuals with disabilities and and inserting public libraries, individuals with disabilities, and.

6.

Local plan

Section 118(b) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 ( 29 U.S.C. 2833(b) ) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (6) through (10) as paragraphs (7) through (11), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

(6)

a description of how the local board will coordinate workforce investment activities carried out in the local area with employment and training activities, and adult education and literacy activities (as defined in section 203), provided by public libraries;

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7.

Workforce investment activities providers

Section 121 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2841) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(2)(B)

(A)

in clause (iv), by striking and at the end;

(B)

by redesignating clause (v) as clause (vi); and

(C)

by inserting after clause (iv) the following:

(v)

programs of employment and training activities, and adult education and literacy activities (as defined in section 203), provided by public libraries; and

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(2)

in subsection (d)(2)(B)

(A)

in clause (v), by striking and at the end;

(B)

by redesignating clause (vi) as clause (vii); and

(C)

by inserting after clause (v) the following:

(vi)

a public library; and

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8.

Use of funds for employment and training activities

Section 134(d)(3) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 ( 29 U.S.C. 2864(d)(3) ) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking public, private for-profit, and inserting public service providers, which may include public libraries, private for-profit service providers,; and

(2)

in subparagraph (C)(vi), by inserting digital literacy skills, after learning skills,.

9.

Demonstration, pilot, multiservice, research, and multistate projects

Section 171(b)(1) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916(b)(1)) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subparagraphs (B) through (H) as subparagraphs (C) through (I), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:

(B)

the establishment of employment resource centers in public libraries to provide unemployed and underemployed individuals access to workforce investment activities and information related to training services (as defined in section 134(d)(4)) and employment opportunities, which activities may include—

(i)

resume development activities, job bank internet searches, and workshops on career information;

(ii)

adult education and literacy activities (as defined in section 203); and

(iii)

acquisition of database licenses to improve access to career certification activities and licensing practice tests, and to improve workforce skills;

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10.

Evaluations

Section 172(a) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 ( 29 U.S.C. 2917(a) ) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (6), by striking and at the end;

(2)

by redesignating paragraph (7) as paragraph (8); and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (6) the following:

(7)

the effectiveness of interagency collaborations and agreements as described in section 196 in expanding access to and improving the quality of such programs and activities; and

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11.

Interagency collaboration and agreements

Subtitle E of title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 ( 29 U.S.C. 2931 et seq. ) is amended by adding at the end the following:

196.

Interagency collaboration and agreements

(a)

Interagency collaboration

The Secretary shall collaborate with the heads of relevant Federal departments and agencies, including the Secretary of Education, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, or the designees of such heads, on initiatives, materials, or technology to support workforce development activities.

(b)

Interagency agreements

The Secretary may—

(1)

enter into interagency agreements to promote or assist with carrying out the workforce investment activities of Federal agencies other than the Department of Labor, on either a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis; and

(2)

use funds appropriated under this title for the costs of such promotion and assistance.

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12.

Adult Education

Section 231(b) of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act ( 20 U.S.C. 9241(b) ) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Programs to promote digital literacy skills, as defined in section 101.

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