Swalwell introduces online job-search bill

Bipartisan WIRED Act eyes One-Stop Career Center website improvements

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes Pleasanton, joined two Republican colleagues last week to introduce a bill aimed at helping students, veterans, unemployed and underemployed people in their job search.

The Widening Internet Readiness for Employment Development (WIRED) Act would direct the Department of Labor to create guidelines for One-Stop Career Center websites -- many of which are clunky and outdated -- to improve their design and offer job-seeking services virtually, Swalwell said in a statement.

"You can't train and assist a 21st-century workforce with 20th-century tools. In 2015 a job-seeker should not have to walk into a One-Stop Career Center to get resume or cover letter assistance when the tools exist to provide these services on a standard website," the local congressman said.

"This bipartisan legislation makes a commonsense fix to help job-searchers more easily access the skills and preparation they need to find a job," he added.

House Resolution 3280 would direct the Labor Department to create quality standards for local One-Stop websites and require the centers to offer certain job-seeking services virtually. The department has more than 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers across the country, Swalwell noted.

Co-authoring the proposed legislation with Swalwell were U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

"Increasing access to online resources is critical to helping my constituents find jobs that best suit their skills," Stefanik said. "This is why I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing the WIRED Act -- a commonsense reform that will help bring our job assistance resources into the 21st century and get people back to work."

H.R. 3280 was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on July 29.

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5 people like this
Posted by more $ down the drain
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

After the Obamacare debacle, I don't want the federal government (Labor Dept) to use more taxpayer $ to build web sites or even to "create quality standards" for web sites. Clearly, they know nothing about quality web sites.

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 6, 2015 at 9:07 am

And the government thinks they can do a better job, at a better price, than the private sector on this? Maybe the DMV can take on this responsibility...

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

Swalwell is wasting his time and our money on non performing government programs. He could really make a name for himself and help his communities if he concentrated on topics of need. Help stop the useless Bullet Train project. Help stop the rape of Northern California water Rights and the Preservation of the Delta. The sad thing is that he has not done this as it takes bucking the system and that is not popular or conducive to career advancement. It is easier to pacify his constituents with these little used and ineffective government programs. HR 3280 just adds more expense to a already finanically over burdened government.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Agree this is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Why would an organization that is chalk full of nepotism, favoritism, and cronyism want to help you find a job?
When was the last time you saw a diverse workforce at the post office....for example.
Like all politicians, Eric Swalwell is there for the groundbreaking but nowhere to be found when things turn south during the implementation period. sucked. Why does Eric think this will be any different?

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Posted by Waste of money
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 7, 2015 at 12:12 am

Just what we need, more government. Swalwell is a huge disappointment. Instead of wasting time on this nonsense, why not focus on what really matters like "Kate's Law". He voted with Pelosi on this instead of his own constituents mostly that support Kate's Law having lost one of our own and with legislation her family supports.

Rep. Swalwell, stop pandering to your party and instead listen to your constituents. We deserve representation. Don't forget that Pelosi's district will not decide your fate at the next election. We will and we are watching.

On a side note, I once dared to carefully and respectfully disagree with something he posted on his official facebook page, which I imagine is run by his taxpayer funded staff, and was promptly block from being able to post on his page. He doesn't work for all of us. If you don't agree with him, even when taxpayer resources are being used, he shuts you up. Not cool and not someone that truly cares what we all want from those we elect. And I actually voted for him.

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