Workforce Development Spotlight

Two Important Ways to Help Vulnerable DC Residents Find and Keep Jobs


The DC City Council held a hearing on Tuesday on two bills that would help many DC residents find and maintain employment in the District just when they need it most. The Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Amendment Act of 2015 would ensure that domestic violence victims are not retaliated against by their […]


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Testimony of Ilana Boivie at a Public Hearing on Bill 21-0211, The Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Amendment Act and Bill 21-0244, The Fair Credit History Screening Act of 2015, January 26, 2016


Chairmen McDuffie and Orange, and members of the Judiciary and Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs Committees, thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is Ilana Boivie, and I am a Senior Policy Analyst with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. DCFPI is a non-profit organization that promotes budget and policy choices to expand […]


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Testimony of Ilana Boivie at a Public Roundtable Review of the District’s Workforce Development Programs and the Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, January 13, 2016


Chairman Orange and members of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is Ilana Boivie, and I am a Senior Policy Analyst with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. DCFPI is a non-profit organization that promotes budget and policy choices to expand economic opportunity for […]


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Two Paths to Better Jobs for DC Residents: Improved Training and Stronger Job Protections


Summary The growing job challenges of DC residents without a college education – including falling wages, stubbornly high unemployment, and an economy where job growth is concentrated in industries requiring advanced education and skills – highlight the urgency of helping more residents get better jobs. The District can tackle this challenge by implementing bold reforms […]


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Making a Good Jobs Program Even Better: How to Strengthen DC’s Project Empowerment


Introduction and Summary Project Empowerment – a DC program that places unemployed residents in jobs and pays their wages for up to six months – should be re-designed to more effectively help residents keep those jobs when the subsidy ends. While Project Empowerment has features that have proven effective, and its results are about average […]


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Basics
Of Interest
Preparing residents for jobs and careers is one of the key ways the District of Columbia can shape its future. The District has more than 30 programs and services across a dozen city agencies that help prepare residents for work and assist them in job searches and placements. Some serve residents with varied skills and backgrounds, while others are targeted at specific groups, such as youth or residents with disabilities. The resource map below offers a snapshot of the city’s investment in workforce development over the course of one fiscal year, FY 2010.–A Resource Map of the District’s Workforce Development Dollars

There is little doubt that the District’s leaders, especially Mayor Gray, are serious about helping residents get jobs, with an array of new initiatives that include a workforce intermediary and an independent community college.  Yet the District’s largest workforce service – its network of “one-stop career centers” – is not living up to its potential.  In this policy brief, we call on the District to strengthen these one-stop centers as the next step in reforming workforce development.

Strengthening D.C.’s One-Stop Centers: The Next Step in Reforming Workforce Development in the District of Columbia

 

LIVING WAGE AND
MINIMUM WAGE
$15 Minimum Wage Initiatives Gain Momentum In DC and Around the Country

Latest DC Minimum Wage Increase Helping Improve Families’ Security

UNEMPLOYMENT AND JOBS

Not Everyone is Benefiting from DC’s Economic Growth

While DC Continues to Recover from Recession, Communities of Color Continue to Face Challenges

WORKFORCE INTERMEDIARY

Two Major Wins for Workers’ Rights

Reforms Needed to Boost Jobs for DC Residents at Businesses that Get Public Subsidies