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OCTAE: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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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.) This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions. Watch this page for updates, timelines, and resources to guide implementation of the new requirements.

The resources below will continue to expand in order to inform stakeholders of responsibilities and opportunities to serve adult learners.

Read a statement from Acting Assistant Secretary of OCTAE Johan E. Uvin about the opportunities created by these recent developments. (August 5, 2014)



WIOA became effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year (PY) after its enactment. However, the act includes several provisions that become effective on other dates. For example, Governors must submit Unified State Plans pertaining to workforce investment programs, adult education and vocational rehabilitation to the Secretary of Labor on March 1, 2016. In addition, the WIA performance accountability section remains in effect for PY 2015, with the new WIOA performance accountability provisions taking effect at the start of PY 2016 on July 1, 2016.

  • A Key Milestone in the Transformation of the Public Workforce System: On July 1, 2015 many of the provisions of the WIOA went into effect. Read a statement about this significant milestone by Acting Assistant Secretary of OCTAE Johan Uvin and our partners at the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Updated
  • See the joint Secretary Perez and Secretary Duncan press release announcing that the five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public comment.
  • Watch a recorded webinar on the structure of the Joint Rule, and see the Frequently Asked Questions on how to comment.
  • Consult a Quick Reference Guide for studying the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II) proposed rules.
  • Read WIOA: A Vision to Revitalize the Workforce System a jointly-authored blog.

On April 16, the departments released of Education and Labor released five NPRMs, including three ED program-specific NPRMs and one joint ED-DOL NPRM. The comment period closed on June 15, 2015. Links to the NPRMs and public comments can be accessed below:


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. Bookmark this page for forthcoming information.

Recorded Presentations

WIOA Topical Fact Sheets and Technical Assistance Updated

Corrections Education [PDF, 307KB]
English Language Acquisition [PDF, 274KB]
Essential Components of Reading [PDF, 279KB]
Integrating Technology [PDF, 315KB]
Overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II AEFLA [PDF, 572K]
WIOA Key Implementation Dates [PDF, 361K]
Program Memo on Tydings Amendment [PDF, 184K]
Empowering Today's Economy by Training Tomorrow's Workforce (blog post welcoming comments from employers)

Making Skills Everyone's Business

Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States [PDF, 972K] Updated
Making Skills Everyone's Business (Executive Summary) [PDF, 2MB]
Making Skills Everyone's Business: Overview slide presentation [PPT, 2MB] Updated

See an OCTAE Connection newsletter announcing the release of the report, which includes a link to a video recorded statement by Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin.


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.

Key Resources

Last Modified: 07/02/2015