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 on April 1, 2016. Under WIOA, the Plan is required to be modified by the State in March 2018. 

The draft NJ Combined State Plan for WIOA, 2018 Modification [pdf 4.9MB] is now available for public comment, through March 22, 2018.  Public comment instructions are available here