The President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This new law represents a renewed commitment to workforce development with an eye to the future through innovation and support for individual and national economic growth. It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. It looks to the prosperity of workers and employers and focuses on the economic growth of communities, regions, and states to enhance our global competitiveness as a country. While some research services and resources for those with disabilities will be transferred from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we expect a seamless transition with minimal disruption, and we express our continued strong commitment to grantees and all key stakeholders.
The new law states that the amendments that it makes to the Rehabilitation Act, as well as the transfer of certain programs from ED to HHS, took effect when President Obama signed the bill. However, WIOA also gives the Secretaries of ED and HHS authority to ensure an orderly transition as they implement these changes so they are carried out in a manner that minimizes disruption. ED and HHS, after working with the Office of Management and Budget, have determined that ED will continue to administer the affected programs until the orderly transfer can be completed as soon as reasonably possible. We will continue to engage and inform grantees and key stakeholders as specific plans for the transfer of these programs are developed and implemented. We appreciate your continued support as we realign and strengthen our programs for people with disabilities.
To obtain a printed copy in the form of a paperback book from the House Legislative Resource Center, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-226–5210 or write to B-106 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-6612. Ask for Public Law 113-128.
Read Submitted Comments on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
OSERS and the Office Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) thank all the contributors who submitted comments on the implementation of WIOA Title II and Title IV. We received 277 comments by the closing on August 29, 2014.
This thoughtful feedback will be reviewed by the Offices and considered as we prepare the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on proposed regulations.
Please watch for the next opportunity to submit comments in January 2015 when the NPRM is released in the Federal Register.
Additional WIOA Information and Resources
- Email RSA with your questions and ideas on WIOA implementation related to RSA’s programs.
- Dear Colleague Letter to Tribal Leaders to explore how best to pursue the job-driven training theme in pertinent education and training programs in Indian country.
- Dear Colleague Letter to State Directors of Vocational Rehabilitation on the implementation of the January 30, 2014 Presidential Memorandum to carry out a government-wide review of federal job training and education programs to ensure that federal workforce and training system resources are effectively aligned.
- RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck has written a Dear Colleague Letter about the WIOA.
- RSA has also created a document that highlights significant changes related to the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, as contained in title IV of WIOA, which take effect on the date of enactment—July 22, 2014.
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on President Obama signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
- The White House Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity initiative Web page, including the: Ready to Work report and the Ready to Work fact sheet.
- Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)
- Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA)