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Silvia Middleton Senior Analyst

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Silvia Middleton is an accomplished and energetic professional with ten years of experience in the area of workforce and talent development.  She has a wealth of knowledge of various workforce development programs, projects, and functions.  Since joining the Washington, DC office of Maher & Maher in 2014, she has supported several significant projects for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and State government entities through both our Federal and State/Regional Practices.

Silvia assisted (and still assists) the USDOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with key deliverables related to the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the WIOA Final Rule, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Redesigning ETA-9130 financial reports and instructions in a more streamlined manner and in accord with new and revised statutory and regulatory requirements;
  • Provision of guidance and support for the development and execution of the ETA-9130 financial report Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) process; and
  • Policy analysis and design of guidance, training, Q & A summaries, policy papers, fact sheets, and other content related to one-stop system infrastructure funding, competitive one-stop operator procurement, the ETA-9130 financial report, and other fiscal and administrative requirements.

Additional work for ETA includes support for the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) for a high-impact initiative in the area of reemployment and facilitation of a Student Centered Design project for the Office Job Corps.

On the State/Regional side, Silvia provides technical assistance and facilitation for statewide projects in the areas of workforce system assessment and improvement, industry sector strategies, talent pipeline development, and regional strategic planning and implementation among local and regional one-stop system partners. Her experience includes facilitating and supporting partners around the design, implementation, and scaling of innovative workforce development solutions. 

Prior to coming to Maher & Maher, Silvia worked for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, where she managed and supported programs like the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), State Workforce Investment Board activities, Jobs for America’s Graduates, and the South Carolina Work Ready Communities project.  

Among many talents, Silvia possesses an impeccable sense for organizational systems, a steadfast focus on innovation, and – given her balanced experience with Federal, state, and local governments – the keen ability to analyze theoretical principles (such as policies and procedures) and evaluate their practical effectiveness. Undoubtedly, Silvia brings a passion for the workforce system and is driven by a quest for its continuous improvement.  She holds a BA in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Hotel Management apprenticeship certificate from the Municipal Professional School for Hotel Management in Munich, Germany. She resides in the Washington, DC area.

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