WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 1) Administration and Governance

1.4 Local Workforce Development Boards (Local WDBs)

1.4.3 Functions of the Local WDB 1

Effective date: July 1, 2017

The primary role of the local WDB is to serve as a strategic convener to promote and broker effective relationships between the CEOs and economic, education, and workforce partners throughout the local area. The local WDB must develop strategies to continuously improve and strengthen the workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs to promote economic growth. 2

Required Functions

Once established and certified, each local WDB must carry out specific functions as defined in WIOA Sections 107(d) and 108, and summarized as follows:

  • Develop and maintain the 4-year Local Plan
  • If involved in a planning region, develop and maintain the Regional Plan in collaboration with the other local areas within the region
  • Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analysis
  • Convene, broker, and leverage workforce development system stakeholders
  • Lead employer engagement efforts
  • Collaborate with education representatives to develop and implement career pathways
  • Identify and promote proven and promising practices
  • Develop and implement strategies for using technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce development system for employers, workers, and job seekers
  • Conduct program oversight
  • Negotiate local performance accountability measures
  • Negotiate methods for funding the infrastructure costs of one-stop centers in the local area
  • Select and monitor one-stop operators and service providers
  • Ensure adequate availability of career and training services, maximizing consumer choice
  • Coordinate workforce activities with education and training providers
  • Develop, implement, and monitor a budget
  • Assess and enact accessibility for individuals with disabilities
  • Certify one-stop centers in accordance with 20 CFR 678.800

Optional Functions

WIOA allows local WDBs to perform other functions when certain conditions apply, as outlined below. 3

One-Stop Operator

A local WDB may be selected as a one-stop operator only with the agreement of the CEO in the local area and the State. The selection process must occur:

  • Through successful competition in accordance with 20 CFR 678.615; or
  • Through sole-source procurement in accordance with 20 CFR 678.610.

In cases where the local WDB is serving in the role of one-stop operator, then the State must ensure certification of one-stop centers.

Career Services

A local WDB may act as a provider of career services for Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs only with the agreement of the CEO in the local area and the State.

Youth and Young Adult Program

The local WDB may directly provide some or all youth workforce investment activities. 2

Avoiding Conflict of Interest 3

In cases where local organizations are functioning simultaneously in a variety of roles (i.e. service provider and fiscal agent, or service provider and one-stop operator), the organization must develop a written agreement (MOU) with the local WDB and CEO to clarify how the organization will carry out its responsibilities while demonstrating compliance with WIOA and corresponding regulations, the Uniform Guidance, and the State's conflict of interest policy.