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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. Along with the WIOA signing, the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity was released on July 22, 2014. This Memorandum represents the Administration's efforts to ensure that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans—particularly those hardest hit by the twists and turns of global competition, technological changes, economic isolation, or inadequate education opportunities—ready to work with marketable skills.

Together, these two policy pieces will have a great impact on adult education programs. 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)

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Timelines and Events

WIOA will become 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. See the WIOA Key Implementation Dates fact sheet below.

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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. Bookmark this page for forthcoming information.

Overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II AEFLA [PDF, 572K]
WIOA Key Implementation Dates [PDF, 361K] Updated
Program Memo on Tydings Amendment [ PDF, 184K]
Making Skills Everyone’s Business (Executive Summary) [PDF, 2MB] Updated
Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce (blog post welcoming comments from employers)
Issue-specific fact sheets (coming soon)

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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. Bookmark the DOL page to keep current with DOL resources.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Resources will be posted here to 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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Job-Driven Training

The Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity was released on July 22, 2014 at the signing of WIOA. This document represents the Administration's efforts to ensure that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans ready to work with marketable skills. See a White House blog post, and a fact sheet outlining this effort and bookmark this page for updates and further information.

See correspondence sent by the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Education to all Governors, as well as a jointly signed letter sent by OCTAE to all State Directors of Adult Education regarding this work.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions [ PDF, 225K], posted October 2, 2014; Updated
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