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2 Year Modification

Alabama PYs 2018-2019 Published

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  • III. Operational Planning Elements
    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that support 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—
      • 6. Program Data
        • A. Data Alignment and Integration
          Describe the plans of the lead State agencies with responsibility for the administration of the core programs, along with the State Board, to align and integrate available workforce and education data systems for the core programs, unemployment insurance programs, and education through postsecondary education, and to the extent possible, the Combined State Plan partner programs included in this plan. The description of the State’s plan for integrating data systems should include the State’s goals for achieving integration and any progress to date.

III. b. 6. A. i. Describe the State’s Plans to Make the Management Information Systems for the Core Programs Interoperable to Maximize the Efficient Exchange of Common Data Elements to Support Assessment and Evaluation.

Current Narrative:

Two of the core partners in Alabama have interoperable management information systems to exchange common data elements. The WIOA Title I entity (Alabama Department of Commerce) and the Wagner-Peyser entity (Alabama Department of Labor) run a nightly data extract that moves data from Alabama JobLink (AJL) to AlaWorks for the WIOA adult, dislocated worker and youth reporting elements. Also, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Department of Human Resources participate in a data warehouse provided by the Department of Commerce, known as the Interagency Electronic Linkage System (IELS). The IELS allows these agencies to extract data already collected by the Alabama Career Centers of clients served by these respective agencies.

The State plans to appoint a management information systems/data integration committee to develop a plan to ensure alignment of data for the core partners. The Alabama Legislature has recently introduced legislation to create the Alabama Longitudinal Data System to provide for the operation of a system to track performance and workforce data throughout Alabama’s education systems. The core program partners will continue, however, to work together over the coming months to implement the exchange of common data elements over all six core program activities.

Alabama’s core partner program entities will continue to work throughout Program Year 2016 to fully streamline intake and service delivery to track participation across the core and optional programs. Management will require data collection and reporting staff to meet quarterly (at a minimum) to develop plans and recommendations to ensure this occurs. As mentioned previously Title I and Title II programs currently have common intake.

The Alabama Workforce Development Board will establish an ad hoc work committee to make recommendations regarding data alignment/integration. This committee will seek input from the Governor’s Office of Information Technology regarding the alignment or integration of current or future data system.

Alabama, through the partnership between the core partner agencies (Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Alabama Community College System and Department of Rehabilitation Services), working with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, will be able to produce reports required by Section 116 of the WIOA. Continued assessment of current systems will provide a plan for data integration and sharing before the Program Year targeted for the WIOA performance reporting.