July 9, 2014 Press Releases

Results for America Statement on WIOA Passage

Today, following the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Results for America managing partner Michele Jolin issued the following statement. Jolin praised lawmakers for bipartisan action and cited the inclusion of so-called pay for performance measures in the bill, calling it a “Moneyball” approach to government that invests in what works and improves outcomes for young people, their families and communities.

“Results for America applauds the inclusion of pay for performance measures in the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed today by the House of Representatives. The bill creates a new authority for local workforce areas to use up to 10% across all three formula grant programs for pay for performance. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN) and George Miller (D-CA) have done great work to bring this important legislation forward.

“Congress and the Administration are increasingly using data, evidence, and evaluation to improve the lives of people, their families and communities, what we call a Moneyball approach to government. Today’s passage shows that investing in what works is clearly a bipartisan way to address long-term challenges and is another positive step toward improving outcomes,” said Michele Jolin, Managing Partner, Results for America

Pay for performance, also known as pay for success, is an innovative financing model that can help leverage philanthropic and private dollars to fund social services up front, with government paying after projects demonstrate success. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor and the Corporation for National and Community Service have already begun developing and implementing pay for success initiatives, and the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget request calls for up to $382 million to support similar efforts next year.

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