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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth Move Forward

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May 16, 2014

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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth Move Forward

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are working to implement the new Performance Partnership pilots program. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the federal government may establish up to 10 Performance Partnerships that will allow state, local and tribal entities to pilot new approaches to improving outcomes for disconnected youth through additional flexibility in the use of discretionary funds across multiple federal agencies and programs.

States and localities that elect to participate in these pilots will commit to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment and other key outcomes for disconnected youth in exchange for new flexibility in the use of federal funds. Performance Partnership pilots can involve discretionary funds, including both formula and competitive grant programs, under multiple federal funding streams that serve disconnected youth populations and provide education, training or other social services. The pilots will not receive any new funding, but will be granted greater flexibility to use existing funds, which may include Perkins. Additionally, pilots will also be able to seek waivers of specific program requirements.

Efforts to combine different federal funding streams could provide new opportunities, but may also pose challenges in administration and reporting. Perkins recipients should be attentive to efforts to launch a Performance Partnership pilot in their region to ensure CTE programs are well represented in discussions. The Administration will announce the specific criteria that will be used to select pilots when it issues a solicitation for applications later this year.

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