In the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 325 was
passed that required the transition of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
to the Department of Workforce Services. On June 1, 2016, the final transition
plan was submitted to the Legislature and posted online for public viewing at jobs.utah.gov/usortransition.
Jon Pierpont, executive director of Department of
Workforce Services, also submitted a letter to Legislators describing the
department’s priority of a successful transition and the steps taken to create
the plan and execute it by October 1, 2016.
Read Jon’s letter:
June 1, 2016
One of the top priorities for the
Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is a successful transition of the Utah
State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) into the department. With the passing of
House Bill 325 in the 2016 Legislative Session, it was evident that this would
be a large undertaking with collaboration needed from both sides.
To ensure a smooth transition, we
formed a committee of 25 key members from DWS and USOR to identify and manage
components of the move, including communication, programs, clients, employees,
budget and finance, facilities and technical support.
The draft plan was shared with
stakeholders to ensure everything had been addressed before finalizing the
plan. Many stakeholders attended our public input sessions around the state and
watched the online presentation to provide thoughtful feedback on all aspects.
We greatly appreciate the amount of interest and engagement, which helped us
develop a comprehensive plan.
The final plan is attached and
posted online at jobs.utah.gov/usortransition. The website also features an in-depth FAQ sheet, a video highlighting
the planning phase, and additional tools used throughout the building of the
plan. Comments or questions not addressed on this webpage may be submitted to
firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails to this address are reviewed by the
committee and responded to in a timely manner.
Moving forward, the plan will be
updated every two weeks to keep stakeholders informed on the progress. Our
committee is prepared to manage the execution of the plan and is confident of a
successful completion of the transition effective October 1, 2016.
Department of Workforce Services