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On September 18, OWP and partners from Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Department of Human Services and Oregon Employment Department provided testimony at an informational hearing of the House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. The purpose was to:
- Request a review of any regulatory or legal constraints that impact data sharing between state agency partners and Local Workforce Development Boards.
- Ask that the Committee assist us in ensuring compliance with the mandates of federal law by state agencies. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act specifically assigns Local Boards with the responsibility for advising the Governor on matters related to data and technology.
- Request an opportunity to meet with the Committee prior to the start of session to report back to you on our progress with those discussions as well as any challenges we continue to face.
- Ask that the Committee designate a group and/or offer legislation to create neutral oversight and effective dispute resolution, in the event that we cannot reach meaningful consensus as partners and/or the OWIB committee is unable to resolve disputes related to the engagement of LWDBs in a manner that meets the requirements of the law