The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Workforce Development Boards are organized under the federal legislation Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), establishing parameters like roles, responsibilities and membership criteria for Boards to operate within. More specifically, WIOA outlines 13 critical functions to be carried out by the Workforce Development Board in order to continue to cultivate a seamless workforce delivery system:
- Local Area Plan[ning]
- Workforce Research and Regional Labor Market Analysis
- Convening, Brokering, and Leveraging
- Employer Engagement
- Career Pathways Development
- Proven and Promising Practices [for meeting the needs of employers]
- Technology [to maximize accessibility]
- Program Oversight
- Negotiation of Local Performance Accountability Measures
- Selection of One Stop Operator(s)
- Coordination with Education Service Providers
- Budget & Administration
- Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities
Greater Raritan One-Stop Partners
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been executed between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB), the One-Stop Career Center (American Job Center Network) Partners (Partners), and the Chief Elected Official (CEO). They are collectively referred to as the “Parties” to this MOU.
This MOU is developed to confirm the understanding of the Parties regarding the operation and management of the One-Stop Career Centers in the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Area. The GRWDB provides oversight of workforce programming for Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
The parties to this MOU agree that all required Partners and co-located additional Partners have a joint responsibility to support and maintain an effective local integrated service delivery system. In addition, all parties recognize that shared and infrastructure costs are applicable to all the required Partners.
This MOU outlines the local vision for program alignment, Partner roles and responsibilities, and accountability for a coordinated service delivery system.
The parties also establish a financial plan, including terms and conditions, to fund the services and operating costs of the One-Stop Career Centers.
This MOU defines the parameters within which education, workforce, economic development, and other Partner programs and entities operating in the GRWDB Area create a seamless, customer-focused system that aligns service delivery across the board and enhances access to program services. By realizing One-Stop opportunities together, Partners are able to build community-benefiting bridges, rather than silos of programmatic isolation. These Partnerships also reduce administrative burden and costs and increase customer access and performance outcomes.
An updated MOU was completed and signed by local partners in May 2020. Go here to see a copy of the MOU and the related Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA).
Greater Raritan One-Stop Operator
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board selected the One-Stop Operator, through a competitive process in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, WIOA and its implementing regulations, and Local procurement laws and regulations. All documentation for the competitive One-Stop Operator procurement and selection process is published and may be viewed in either the April 2019 Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and the Somerset County, NJ Department of Human Services or the Competitive Contract One-Stop Bid from Program Year 2017.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of a One-Stop Operator for Program Year 2020, along with a subsequent addendum, can be found here. The response to that RFP and the evaluations of a review committee can be found here. During its April 16, 2020, meeting, the board of the GRWDB approved the review committee’s recommendation that the response be accepted. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s authorization of that approval can be found here.
The Somerset County Department of Human Services provides contracted One-Stop Operator services for the GRWDB. The contract, obtained through the competitive procurement process, details how the One-Stop Operator will coordinate the service delivery of the required One-Stop Partners and service providers.
As part of this contract, the One-Stop Operator provides a monthly report of programs and services. The reports are shared with the full board.
For copies of One-Stop Operator reports for previous program years, contact the GRWDB office at firstname.lastname@example.org.