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direct the Department of Labor to create guidelines for One-Stop Career Center websites -- many of which are clunky and outdated -- to improve their design and offer job-seeking services virtually, Swalwell said in a statement.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.