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Now Available: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Final Rules Updated

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collectively issued five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. Today, the U.S. departments of Labor and Education announce the advanced posting of the following:

These rules will formally publish in the Federal Register in the coming weeks and will be available on the Federal Register Public Inspection Web site at https://www.federalregister.gov. For a preview of the AEFLA rule, please click on the link above, for a preview of the other documents, please visit: https://www.doleta.gov/wioa and https://rsa.ed.gov/wioa.cfm.

For more information and the most recent updates, please visit the Department of Labor’s WIOA landing page at www.doleta.gov/WIOA and the Innovation and Opportunity Network on WorkforceGPS (ION), which features technical assistance on strategies fundamental to WIOA implementation such as customer-centered design, strategic boards, career pathways and sector strategies; it will also host technical assistance specific to the regulations as it is available. Use ION to find peer learning groups and calls, fact sheets, and details on training events; visit the ION Community of Practice at: https://ion.workforcegps.org/.

Disclaimer: This regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending placement on public inspection at the OFR and publication in the Federal Register. This version of the regulations may vary slightly from the published document if minor technical or formatting changes are made during the OFR review process. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation.

Final WIOA Joint and Program-specific Performance Information Collection Requests (ICR) Available Updated

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collaboratively issued WIOA provisions related to joint performance accountability. The associated documents encompassed in this release include: a Participant Individual Record Layout, reporting calculation specifications, and quarterly and annual report templates. All of these documents have been approved by the Office and Management and Budget for collection through June 30, 2019. You may access the documents here.

New The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is releasing the National Reporting System tables for Title II to conform to the WIOA performance reporting requirements.

WIOA Resources Available Updated

Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda OCTAE issued several WIOA Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda concerning implementation of AEFLA under WIOA.

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Information Collection Requests

Request for Comments on WIOA Performance Information Collection Request (ICR) The departments of Labor and Education published a thirty-day notice announcing the joint ICR soliciting comments on the WIOA Common Performance Reporting. The ICR fulfills WIOA section 116(d)(1) requirements for the development of report templates for the State Performance Report for WIOA core programs, the Local Area Performance Report, and the Eligible Training Provider Report. These documents reflect the incorporation of public comments received from the publication of the July 22, 2015 WIOA Performance Management, Information, and Reporting System ICR. Comment period closed on May 26, 2016. A copy of the Federal Register Notice, the ICR, and applicable supporting documentation may be on RegInfo.gov.

Final WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements Available States must use the information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans Requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved this data collection (Control Number 1205-0222). These documents reflect the incorporation of public comments received from the publication of the August 6 Federal Register notice prepared by the departments of Labor, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture. Posted February 22, 2016.

Requests for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: Archived on the Federal Register Document Number: 2015-32278. The comment period closed on January 29, 2016.

Request for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: Archived on the Federal Register, docket ID ETA-2015-0006 closed on October 5, 2015.

Request for Comments on WIOA Performance Information Collection Request (ICR): Archived on the Federal Register, docket ID ETA-2015-007 closed on September 21, 2015.

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Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

Quick Reference Guide for studying the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II) proposed rules

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State Plan Resources

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Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

Resources will be posted here to assist stakeholders in understanding key provisions and changes in Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of WIOA.

Recorded Presentations

WIOA Topical Fact Sheets and Technical Assistance

Making Skills Everyone's Business

Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States [PDF 972K]
Executive Summary [PDF 2MB] Overview Slide Presentation [PPT 2MB]

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Workforce Development Activities (DOL)

Tools, resources, and announcement for technical assistance events will be posted to this page to assist stakeholders in understanding key provisions and changes in the Title I, Workforce Development Activities of WIOA.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Resources posted by the Vocational Rehabilitation office assist stakeholders in understanding key provisions and changes in Title IV, Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which authorizes the Vocational Rehabilitation program.

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FAQs

WIOA FAQs – PY 2016 Local Infrastructure Agreements [PDF 49K], posted January 28, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions – Final Regulations; State Plan Submission [PDF 49K], posted January 21, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 225K]

Frequently Asked Questions on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking [PDF 348K]

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About WIOA

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. (See the full bill) [PDF 873KB]. This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions. WIOA became effective on July 1, 2015, with several provisions, such as the Unified and Combined State Plan and the performance accountability system, taking effect on July 1, 2016.

Read a statement [PDF 175KB] from Acting Assistant Secretary of OCTAE Johan E. Uvin. (August 5, 2014)

WIOA One Year Anniversary: See the joint Secretary Duncan and Secretary Perez video and blog commemorating the one year anniversary of the passage of WIOA.

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Last Modified: 07/01/2016