- 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’s Workforce Cabinet (GWC) reports to the Governor’s Office. The GWC sets policy and advises the Governor on workforce initiatives. It serves as an overall policymaker and advisor to the Governor on workforce issues and is specifically charged with creating a plan for a statewide vision to connect education, workforce, social services, corrections and economic development initiatives. The GWC also sets policy for workforce activities managed regionally by the local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs). The GWC and its staff have a mission to address current and future education and employment needs of both individuals and employers, strengthen Indiana’s economy by integrating and aligning state and federal resources, ensure a talent-driven education and workforce system, and complete other duties as directed by the Governor or legislature. The GWC works with all agencies in the workforce ecosystem to drive policy recommendations through regular meetings or through the Combined Plan.
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is the state agency responsible for the administration and oversight of all of the WIOA programs under Titles I, II, and III. DWD oversees operations managed regionally by the WDBs. The Family and Social Services Administration, through its Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, is the state agency responsible for the administration and oversight of WIOA programs under Title IV.
Indiana has a total of twelve (12) designated local areas with a WDB in each. WDBs are responsible for the oversight of funds and activities, delivering career assessments, job search, and education and training related services through WorkOne offices (Indiana’s term for our one-stop centers or American Job Centers) established by the local board. Indiana has identified regions 5 and 12 as a planning region in the state.
Indiana, along with Kentucky, created the first Bi-State Planning Region by resolution of the Cabinet and Kentucky Workforce and Innovation Board. Indiana’s Region 10 Workforce Board created the Bi-State Plan with Kentuckiana Works to advance the regional workforce. This Plan is the first of its kind to merge interstate regions into one designated workforce hub. This significant collaboration exists between local areas Indiana Region 10 and Kentuckiana Works in order to develop the regional plan around the Louisville metropolitan area, which includes urban and rural sprawl in southern Indiana. The Bi-State Regional Plan creates an innovative picture of the region’s economy and workforce environment through joint Indiana-Kentucky strategies to attain regional goals and objections.
Workforce, education opportunities, and other needed individual services and resources are delivered on a local level through a WorkOne established by the WDBs and managed by Executive Directors, Regional Operators, and One Stop Operators. The WorkOne operations are engaged and reviewed by both the GWC and the coordinating WDB. Local boards and Wagner-Peyser staff assist DWD with the administration of the workforce system. Other crucial partners in the workforce system include employers, our public and private institutions for higher education, school districts, CTE districts, community action centers, and local organizations providing adult education and other services. Indiana is driving a focused effort on technical assistance, training, and coordination for services leading to a comprehensive system that is better equipped to serve Hoosiers effectively.
The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet team can be found at: https://www.in.gov/gwc/2332.htm.
- Governor's Workforce Cabinet Executive Director, PJ McGrew
- Communications Coordinator, Sam Rourke
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development Leadership team can be found at: https://www.in.gov/dwd/2337.htm. A full organizational chart for the Department of Workforce Development can be found in the UI section.
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner, Fred Payne
- Executive Assistant, Cindy George
- Chief of Staff, Joshua Richardson
- Chief Financial Officer, Deanna Oware
- Director, Human Resources, Danai Bracey
- Director, IT - Workforce Development, Jeff Tucker
- General Counsel, Beth Green
- Director, UI Review Board, Steve Bier
- Chief Operating Officer, Mike Barnes
- Chief Communications Officer Bob Birge
- Chief Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Solutions Officer, Regina Ashley
- Executive Director of Indiana’s Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, Darrel Zeck
- Assoc. Chief Operating Officer, Workforce Education & Training, Beth Meguschar
- Assoc. Chief Operating Officer Adult Education, Marilyn Pitzulo
- Assistant Director, Adult Education Program & Policy, Jerry Haffner
- Executive Director, Serve Indiana, Marc Mcaleavey
- Director, Policy and Compliance, Connie Wray
The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), through its Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, is the state agency responsible for the administration and oversight of WIOA programs under Title IV. A graphic organizational chart of FSSA leadership can be viewed at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4829.htm. The chart illustrates the following agency structure:
- Secretary of FSSA, Jennifer Sullivan, MD, MPH
- Deputy Secretary/Chief of Staff, Michael Gargano
- Executive Assistant, Lisa Graham
- Chief Advocacy Officer, Peggy Welch
- Chief Financial Officer, Paul Bowling
- Chief Information Officer, Jared Linder
- Director of Aging, Sarah Renner
- Director of Communications, Jim Gavin
- Director of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Kylee Hope
- Director of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning, Nicole Norvell
- Director of Family Resources, Adrienne Shields
- Director of Medicaid, Allison Taylor
- Director of Mental Health and Addiction, Jay Chaudhary
- General Counsel, Leslie Huckleberry
- Legislative/Policy Director, Gus Habig
- Human Resources Director, Marci Rautio
- Disability Determination Bureau Director, Sylvia Funk