- III. Operational Planning Elements
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above. Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs. This section must include—
- b. State Operating Systems and Policies
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements. This includes—
- b. State Operating Systems and Policies
III. b. 3. A. State Agency Organization
Describe the organization and delivery systems at the State and local levels for the programs covered in the plan, including the organizational structure. Include an organizational chart.
The Governor of Alabama leads state workforce efforts and organizations for the entire state. The organizational chart for WIOA shows the Governor at the top. Two entities, the Alabama Workforce Council and the WIOA State Board, report directly to the Governor to recommend actions, legislation, initiatives, and operations. These two entities are made up of respected and experienced leaders from all regions of the State. The Alabama Workforce Council has been in place for many years, and its members represent local councils, providing communication and information on local and regional needs and opportunities.
The WIOA State Board, created in accordance with the established WIOA guidelines, reports directly to the Governor and has direct lines of responsibility and communication relationship with all WIOA partner organizations and agencies, namely the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Labor, the Alabama Community College System, the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
On the WIOA organizational chart of relationships for WIOA Alabama, these six (6) departments, in turn, oversee their respective programs and agencies and, receive input, data, and information for decision making from local constituencies, citizens, businesses, industries, employers, and members of the current and potential workforce.
The Alabama Department of Senior Services implements Alabama’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services implements Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The Alabama Department of Labor is the agency administering Wagner-Peyser, Unemployment Insurance, Trade Act, and Veterans programs. The Department of Labor is also the lead agency for the operation of Alabama’s Career Centers (One Stops). The Alabama Community College System administers all Adult Education programs for the State. The Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce administers the WIOA Title I programs, organizes and assists the regional workforce councils, and organizes and assists local WIOA area boards and their participants. The Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce also has operational and oversight responsibilities with the Alabama Department of Labor for Alabama Career Centers (One-Stops). The Alabama Department of Human Resources operates the workforce development and employment assistance components of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Employment Training (SNAP-ET) programs for eligible families.
The essential collaborative relationships of representative boards, councils, state departments, agencies, and programs in Alabama are well established. All of the above-described entities participated in the planning of the Alabama WIOA plan and continue to work toward shared data, resources, and personnel to efficiently and effectively serve the employers, employees, and those seeking employment in Alabama. The collaborative planning process has focused attention on those with barriers to employment, to those who may be underemployed, and to the newly-identified growth areas for workforce development. New lines of communication, opportunities and technologies for data-sharing, and the focus and energy of the WIOA Board members are resulting in greater opportunities and resources for the Alabama workforce.
Local-level activities and programs are provided through the Alabama Career Center Systems One-Stop Career Centers. There are currently seven local workforce development areas. The Alabama Workforce Development Board in June 2017 approved a plan to realign five (5) of the Balance of State counties with the former Jefferson County Local Workforce Development Area, eight (8) of the balance of State counties with the former Mobile County Local Workforce Development Area and the remaining fifty-two (52) counties into five (5) new local areas with Local Workforce Development Boards governing WIOA activities. This realignment took effect on July 1, 2017.