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OVAE: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
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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) [PDF 873KB]. This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions.

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

WIOA became effective on July 1, 2015. However, the Act includes several provisions that become effective on other dates. For example, States are statutorily required to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan pertaining to workforce investment programs, adult education and vocational rehabilitation to the Secretary of Labor on March 3, 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.

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Announcements

Request for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements, December 2015: On December 23, 2015, the Department of Labor, in coordination with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the joint information collection request 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). The comment period closed on January 29, 2016. A copy of the original Federal Register Notice, proposed information collection request and supplement, and supporting statement may be accessed here:

Posted January 21, 2016.

Program Memorandum on Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [PDF 75KB]. WIOA retains and expands the purposes of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which aims to help adults acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment, become full partners in the educational development of their children, improve economic opportunities for their family, aid in the transition to postsecondary education and training, as well as assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in educational achievement and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify statutory provisions related to the expanded use of integrated English literacy and civics education, which are education services provided to English language learners under Title II of WIOA. Posted January 11, 2016.

Program Memorandum on Competition and Award of Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [PDF 63KB]. The program memorandum provides answers to frequently asked questions that may assist States in determining when they would need to compete and award AEFLA funds under WIOA. Posted December 9, 2015.

Letter from Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin to State Directors of Adult Education and Perkins IV on Steps Partners can take to Support WIOA Implementation [PDF 84KB] Posted October 26, 2015.

Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [PDF 118KB] Posted August 17, 2015.

Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [PDF 110KB] Posted August 13, 2015.

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.

Information Collection Requests

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.

Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

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

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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.

Key Resources

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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 Updated

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

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 225K]

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

Frequently Asked Questions, OCTAE Round 2 [PDF 47K]

Department of Labor, WIOA Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Modified: 02/04/2016