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Press Release: ICI Director William Kiernan testified before a Senate employment subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

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Originally published: 7/2009

William Kiernan and David Hoff meet with Aaron Bishop, staff of Sen. Enzi (R - WY) following the Workforce Investment Act hearing ICI Director William Kiernan testified before a Senate employment subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The hearing was initiated by Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. He was accompanied by ICI's David Hoff.

Dr. Kiernan's testimony stated that the current labor force participant by persons with disabilities (27%) has remained lower than that of the general workforce (71%) because of complex reasons including limited exposure to the workforce, reduced expectations, lack of access to jobs, and competing federal policies regarding the employment potential for persons with disabilities.

For specific recommendations to improve and strengthen the Workforce Investment Act:
watch Dr. Kiernan's testimony or read his written testimony.