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Extension of Existing NRS Information Collection Request (ICR) New

OCTAE is proposing an extension of the existing NRS ICR to include four new tables and one revised table consistent with the WIOA performance accountability requirements for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program (AEFLA). The proposed changes seek to obtain a more accurate reporting of participants served in the various AEFLA activities, services, and programs that support the purposes of AEFLA.

The ICR is available for review and comment for 60 days starting September 27, 2016. Comments must be submitted on or before November 28, 2016. Comments submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. The ICR with applicable supporting documentation may be accessed at Docket ID number ED-2016-ICCD-0104. Comments may be submitted electronically through this Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2016-ICCD-0104-0001.

Joint Guidance On Data Matching to Facilitate WIOA Performance Reporting and Evaluation

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collaboratively issued joint guidance to assist state agencies, educational agencies and institutions, and service providers in meeting the performance reporting and evaluation requirements of WIOA. The guidance provides states with information about applicable requirements for, and procedures and options for, matching confidential unemployment compensation information from wage records with personal information from vocational rehabilitation records, and personally identifiable information from education records, and for protecting the confidentiality of information contained in such records. The joint guidance may be found here.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Final Rules

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collectively issued five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. On August 19, 2016, the U.S. departments of Labor and Education announced the publication of the final rules in the Federal Register:

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is releasing the National Reporting System tables for Title II to conform to the WIOA performance reporting requirements.

WIOA Resources Available

Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda OCTAE issued several WIOA Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda concerning implementation of AEFLA under WIOA.

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Information Collection Requests

Final WIOA Joint and Program-specific Performance Information Collection Requests (ICR) Available The U.S. departments of Labor and Education collaboratively issued WIOA provisions related to joint performance accountability. The associated documents encompassed in this release include: a Participant Individual Record Layout, reporting calculation specifications, and quarterly and annual report templates. All of these documents have been approved by the Office and Management and Budget (OMB Control No. 1205-0526) for collection through June 30, 2019. The documents can be accessed here.

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released the National Reporting System tables for Title II (OMB Control No. 1830-0027) to conform to the WIOA performance reporting requirements.

Final WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements Available States must use the information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans Requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved this data collection (Control Number 1205-0222). These documents reflect the incorporation of public comments received from the publication of the August 6 Federal Register notice prepared by the departments of Labor, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture. Posted February 22, 2016.

Requests for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: Archived on the Federal Register Document Number: 2015-32278. The comment period closed on January 29, 2016.

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): ): OMB 30-day notice archived on Reginfo.gov, closed on May 26, 2016. 60-day notice archived on the Federal Register, docket ID ETA-2015-007 closed on September 21, 2015.

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Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

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

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State Plan Resources

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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.

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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

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

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 225K]

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

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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. WIOA became effective on July 1, 2015, with several provisions, such as the Unified and Combined State Plan and the performance accountability system, taking effect on July 1, 2016.

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

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.

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Last Modified: 09/27/2016