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Aligned by Design: WIOA and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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WIOA offers new opportunities for the workforce system and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs to work together. Regardless of whether a state opts to develop a unified plan or a combined plan under WIOA, TANF representatives should be included in the planning process from the outset to help define TANF’s role in achieving the state’s goals, and to identify and address potential barriers to collaboration. Aligned by Design: WIOA & TANF features national and local experts to address key principles for aligning human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies. 

Panelists: 
• Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition 
• Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Policy Coordinator & Director, Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy 
• Cindy Blakeney Varner, Assistant Director for Employment Assistance, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services