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2015 Veteran’s Talent Index Released

Monster has released the 2015 version of its annual Veteran’s Talent Index, which includes a comprehensive analysis of transitioning military service members, veterans and their employers. Download now »

NAWB Technical Assistance

Turn to NAWB as the expert in understanding the intricacies of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  NAWB has engaged Public Consulting Group in a joint partnership to respond to requests for technical assistance that provides NAWB members with the knowledge to support local priorities into successful execution. Our expertise in workforce operations and WIOA helps you better manage your career center and employment operations to serve more customers and better prepare your workforce. Learn more »

Members Only Portal

NAWB members can now access proprietary tools, resources, data, and information to help them achieve their workforce missions through our secure online members-only website. The customized Member Only portal allows NAWB members to network with each other in a private forum and participate in discussions with colleagues around promising practices, sector strategies, and regional issues. Check out the portal homepage and learn more »


Please click here to view the final version on NAWB’s WIOA Notice of Proposed Rule-making (NPRM) comments as submitted yesterday evening to both DOL ETA and ETA/ED in response to both sets of proposed regulations. In the 9-page response NAWB identifies 20 distinct sections within the regulation for comment of support, concern, or recommendation. The response is framed around four sections: overall response (building a system), local considerations, training considerations, and performance measures.

Workforce Professional Development Summit

Date: Sep 21 - 23, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Orlando

Florida's Workforce System is a proven leader in innovation and collaboration. Come join us for 3 days of workshops and general sessions focused on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Learn more »

Workforce Central Broadcast - Workforce Partners: The VA's Community Employment Services for Homeless Vets

May 26, 2015, 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET
Ron Painter interviews Dr. Heitzmann, Director of Veterans Health Administration's Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services program. Learn more »

Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 23-14

March 26, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Labor has released TEGL 23-14, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Transition, to provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA.

View the ETA Announcement and download the TEGL »

Call for Nominations: Charles Benefield Award, 2015

The LMI Institute's Board of Directors requests nominations for the Charles Benefield Award. The award recognizes professionals demonstrating outstanding leadership in advancing the art and science of labor market information (LMI). Nominations are welcome from anyone working in the labor market information (LMI) field.

This year's recipient will be recognized during the LMI Institute Annual Forum, being held in Portland, OR, from June 8-12, 2015. We strongly encourage your participation and kindly ask for your support by sharing the award nominations information below with your networks. Nominations are welcome from anyone working in the LMI field.

The Charles Benefield Award is conferred during the LMI Institute Annual Forum. Benefield was a tireless advocate for improving data quality and advancing the LMI field. His career at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) began when the agency had oversight of federal statistical programs. When oversight was transferred to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 1970's, he continued to be a voice for statistical programs' value and importance within ETA. His efforts were instrumental in obtaining financial support for the Occupational Employment Statistics and projections programs. Further, his efforts played a large role in the creation of the LMI Institute, initially established as an ETA-funded consortium of states in 1994. To honor his vision and acknowledge today's champions of advancing the LMI field, the LMI Institute created the award after Benefield's death.

Recent Recipients

  • Rebecca Rust, Former Chief, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; currently Assistant Commissioner, Office of Occupational Statistics & Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Jacqueline Keener, Acting Director, Labor & Economic Analysis Division, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Alexandra Hall, LMI Director, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • George Foster, Economics Manager, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Bonnie Graybill, Deputy Division Chief, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Development Department - retired
  • Bill Niblack, LMI Director, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Missouri Department of Economic Development

Nomination Instructions
Nominations are encouraged at all staff levels, and are not limited to staff of state LMI agencies. Nominees should have significant experience in LMI, with a demonstrated impact on their state and the national LMI system. Candidates' impact might be evidenced by success building the technical skills of their own staff or through strong outreach to data users and other states' LMI agencies, for example.

For consideration, provide the nominee's name and full contact information (address, phone, fax, email) and a one-page letter of recommendation explaining how the individual has contributed to the advancement of the art and science of LMI. Nominations must be submitted by email no later than Friday, April 17, 2015 and should be sent to Haden Springer at The final selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of LMI Institute board members.