The WIC Skills Initiative is a study group created to engage federal representatives, state labor market information (LMI) Directors, and other stakeholders from public policy and higher education in a dialouge around skills concepts and data. The WIC adopted this initiative to respond to growing conerns about aligning employment demand with worker capabilities and training programs.
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Following the passage of the Workforce Investment of 1998, the Workforce Information Council (WIC) emerged as a mechanism to advance Federal-State cooperation around the national workforce and labor market information (LMI) system. On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law, superseding the WIA of 1998. The WIOA mandates the creation of the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC). The membership of the WIAC is broadR08;based and it will provide high level strategic advice for the overall workforce information system, for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In order to better serve its strategic planning and communication needs, BLS is chartering the BLS/LMI Oversight Council (BLOC). 

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