The planning role of the State Employment and Training Commission is described in state statute, NJSA 34:15-C, as follows:

The Commission shall issue the New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan pursuant to the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Pub.L.105-220 (29 U.S.C. § 2801 et seq.) and section 10 of P.L.1989, c.293 (C.34:15C-7).  [NJSA 34:15C-6]

The New Jersey Unified State Workforce Investment Plan shall be a strategic unified workforce investment plan encompassing all of the required and optional One-Stop partners prescribed by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Pub.L.105-220 (29 U.S.C. s. 2801 et seq.). The plan is intended to create a comprehensive workforce investment system in New Jersey. [NJSA 34:15C-7]



The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Section 103, identifies a Combined State Plan as follows: 

A State may develop and submit to the appropriate Secretaries a combined State plan for the core programs and 1 or more of the programs and activities described in paragraph (2) in lieu of submitting 2 or more plans, for the programs and activities and the core programs.

New Jersey submitted a Combined State Plan (formerly known as a Unified State Plan under WIA) to USDOL/DOE on April 1, 2016. Under WIOA, the Plan is required to be modified by the State in 2018. 

The NJ Combined State Plan for WIOA, 2018 Modification [pdf 4.4MB] was submitted to USDOL/USDOE on March 29, 2018 and approved by those agencies on June 20, 2018.