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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.

Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): As part of the Department’s continuing efforts to support states and local areas in their implementation efforts, on August 18, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education released a program memorandum entitled Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The program memorandum provides a framework to support implementation activities and recommended actions states should undertake to help realize the vision for AEFLA under WIOA.

Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): On August 13, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, in collaboration with the Department’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, released a joint vision for the one-stop delivery system under the WIOA. The program memorandum highlights characteristics of a high-quality one-stop delivery system and provides technical assistance tools to support states and local areas in the adoption of the vision for the one-stop centers.

Request for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: The Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development are soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for unified and combined state plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128).

  • A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request with applicable supporting documentation may be accessed at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ETA-2015-0006.
  • The comment period is open for 60 days and closes on October 5, 2015. Any comments not received through the processes outlined in the Federal Register will not be considered by the departments.
  • Technical assistance materials will be available at http://wioa.workforce3one.org.

WIOA One Year Anniversary: July 22, 2015 marks one year since the WIOA was signed into law. See the joint Secretary Duncan and Secretary Perez video commemorating the one year anniversary of the passage of WIOA. Updated

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. The Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a joint blog discussing the combined efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to date, and how the federal partners will continue to support state and local officials in the transformation of the public workforce system.

Information Collection Request

Request for Comments on WIOA Performance Information Collection Request (ICR): On July 22, 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education released an information collection request to solicit comments concerning collection of data that will be used to demonstrate that specified performance levels under the WIOA have been achieved. The WIOA Performance Management Information and Reporting System fulfills requirements in section 116(d)(1) of WIOA for the development of report templates for: 1) the State Performance Report for WIOA’s six core programs; 2) the Local Area Performance Report for the three title I programs; and 3) the Eligible Training Provider Report for the title I Adult and Dislocated Worker programs. The comment period closed on September 21, 2015. Links to the ICR and public comments can be accessed below:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On April 16, the departments 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:

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.


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
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]
Making Skills Everyone's Business (Executive Summary) [PDF, 2MB]
Making Skills Everyone's Business: Overview slide presentation [PPT, 2MB]

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


Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Resources posted by the Vocational Rehabiliation 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.


Job-Driven Training

The Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report 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.

The next steps of this effort is a 13-agency workgroup led by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez; learn more.

See a blog post that provides an update on this initiative and the role of adult education serving low-skilled youth and adults.



Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 225K], posted October 2, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking [PDF, 348K], posted April 29, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions, OCTAE Round 2 [PDF, 47K], posted May 11, 2015
Department of Labor, WIOA Frequently Asked Questions


Last Modified: 09/23/2015