On this page:
- About WIOA
- Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
- Workforce Development Activities (DOL)
- Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
- Job-Driven Training
- Email: AskAEFLA@ed.gov
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:
- Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of WIOA)
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OCTAE-0003.
- Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions
– View public comments on docket ETA-2015-0002.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Title IV of WIOA):
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program: State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0001.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Miscellaneous Program Changes
– View public comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0002.
- DOL NPRM (Titles I and III of WIOA)
– View public comments on docket ETA-2015-0001.
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 Statement: A message from Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin inviting comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Updated
- Video Presentation: WIOA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking process and structure, and key dates for providing comments. Updated
- Video Presentation: Overview of Title II Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Updated
- Video Presentation: Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act | Transcript [PDF, 322K]
- Video Presentation: Overview of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act | Transcript [PDF, 367K]
- Video Presentation: Title 1 State Workforce Boards and Unified Plans | Transcript [PDF, 408K]
- Video Presentation: Title I Performance Accountability System | Transcript [PDF, 271K]
- Video Presentation: Revised Perkins IV and WIOA | Transcript coming soon
- Webinar: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy. This webinar provided a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event also featured a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. Presentation slides [PDF, 586K] Archived webinar
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
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.
- Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 19-14): Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
- Watch for a companion piece from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education highlighting the vision and role of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program as a workforce system partner and adult education activities that support opportunities for adult learners.
- Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 23-14): Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Transition.
- Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 27-14): Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Quick Start Action Planner
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.
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. Updated
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 225K], posted October 2, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions, Round 2 [PDF, 151K], posted by DOL on February 27, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking [PDF, 348K], posted April 29, 2015 Updated
Frequently Asked Questions, OCTAE Round 2 [PDF, 47K], posted May 11, 2015 Updated