Posts By: Deborah Smolover

Real Momentum Behind ‘Pay for Success’

Defying prevailing political winds, Congress has passed, and President Obama just signed into law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) -- the first update to federal workforce programs in nearly 15 years. This unique moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity is notable not solely for its rarity within the current climate of legislative inertia,  but because WIOA will provide critical

America Forward Op-Ed on ‘Pay for Success’ Could Change the Way Government Works

"Enabling local authorities to tie funding to results for a portion of their formula funds and supporting state efforts to assist them is important for several reasons. First, it means that at least some scarce federal dollars will be paid out only when results are achieved, ensuring that these funds go to programs that work and not to those that