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
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.