Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2016): The Department of Labor announced Angela Pate from Gainesville, Florida, has been appointed to its Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC). She will serve as a Training Services Provider representative. Pate currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL), President & CEO of Focused Management Solutions and Startup Quest®, and Chair of the Board of Directors at OwnForce. The Council met for the first time Wednesday, July 12 in Washington, D.C.
The 14-member Council will provide recommendations to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, working jointly through the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training and the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, on workforce and labor market issues; innovative and new approaches to data collection and policy; and workforce development, planning, and programming. The Council was created under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act signed into law by President Obama in July 2014. Members of the committee are national leaders in workforce and labor market information.
Pate has been a consistent advocate for the role of innovative data strategies to guide policy creation. Over the past several years, she has advocated for the recognition of self-employment as a positive outcome in the workforce development system. She was listed as a contributor to 10 Strategies for a Workable Future, a white paper published by the Palo Alto-based Institute for the Future, to better understand new growing work-based digital platforms in the new sharing and gig economies.
Pate has also recommended an update to the Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) at national forums such as the Department of Labor Future of Work Symposium. The Contingent Worker Supplement tracks non-traditional employees and independently-employed individuals many of whom now use work platform technologies like Uber, Upwork, OwnForce and others. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced earlier this year that an updated CWS survey will be conducted again in 2017. As a member of the Council, Pate plans to advocate for similar data-driven initiatives to inform future policy creation.
“With the rapid rise of the technology, how it affects the workplace, and disruptive forces like the new gig economy, Americans are now able to develop a portfolio of income sources. This is both an opportunity and a challenge for policy makers,” said Angela Pate. “I am excited to be appointed to the national Workforce Innovation Advisory Council as a technologist, employer, trainer, and a workforce professional. Together, with my colleagues on the Council and the leadership at the Department of Labor, we can support economic development while providing protections and unprecedented opportunities for the worker. We can collectively recommend data-driven solutions to evolve the global 21st century workspace.”
“Our local workforce board prides itself on providing innovative, cutting-edge programs to our community that we believe set the stage to become best practices nationally and globally,” said Don Davis, 2015-2016 Chair of CareerSource NCFL Board of Directors in Gainesville, Florida. “On behalf of the board of directors, I am proud to express our congratulations to Angela. We look forward to her contributions to policy creation at the national level with U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as a member of the Workforce Information Advisory Council.”
Pate was recommended to the Council by Santa Fe College Vice President of Economic Development Dug Jones. In the nomination letter, Jones cited Pate’s role as a fellow founding Innovation Advocate of the community-wide Innovation Gainesville initiative with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The collaboration led to better institutional collaboration in Gainesville and the region’s recognition as a national Region of Excellence in 2009 by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the United States Chamber of Commerce.
He also cited Pate’s experience in “developing large scale data systems that track (self-employment) outcomes,” including Startup Quest®, co-created by Pate and UF Florida Innovation Hub Director Jane Muir. The program attracted the attention of the World Bank which recently invited Pate to present results of the program and its expansion to nine Florida communities to global economists as a model for self-employment training for economic development.
For complete information on the Council, visit www.doleta.gov/wioa/wiac.
To read the 10 Strategies for a Workable Future, visit www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/10-strategies-for-a-workable-future/.