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Now Available: WIOA Section 188 Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Final Rule New

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces publication of WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register on December 2, 2016. The rule’s updated provisions generally reflect obligations already imposed by changes to other nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws that expanded, for example, protections against unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin (including limited English proficiency), and sex. Check out the Final Rule, a Fact Sheet, FAQs, and other related information on the CRC’s Web site at https://www.dol.gov/crc/188rule/.

OCTAE Program Memorandum on Clarifications Regarding Competition and Award AEFLA Funds, #17-1 New

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify requirements related to the eligible agency’s competition and award to eligible providers of Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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.


Laws and Guidance

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law (Pub. L. 113-128) by President Obama on July 22, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 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).

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


Information Collection Requests

WIOA Joint and Program-specific Performance Information Collection Requests (ICR) 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.

OCTAE's Information Collection Request for the National Reporting System tables for Title II (OMB Control No. 1830-0027)


State Plan Resources


WIOA Resources, Technical Assistance, and Events

  • Innovation and Opportunity Network Workforce GPS
  • LINCS.ed.gov Find resources, online courses, and a community of practice around adult education programming on topics including career pathways, serving students with barriers, evidence-based instruction and training, and more.
  • Recorded Presentations

  • See recorded presentations on the OCTAE ED.gov YouTube channel.
  • Webinar: Education: A Key Service in WIOA March 1, 2016, Slides [PDF 2MB]; Transcript [PDF 155KB]; Audio recording [File 13MB]

About WIOA Partners

WIOA authorized core and partner programs which also maintain resource pages:

  • Department of Labor administers Title I (Adult, Dislocated and Youth services) and Title III (Wagner-Peyser Act).
  • Department of Education administers both Title II (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which is covered by this page) and Title IV (Vocational Rehabilitation).
  • (HHS-administered) TANF; Community Services Block Grant;
  • (ED-administered) Career and Technical Education programs authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006;
  • (USDA-administered) Employment and Training programs and Work programs under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
  • (DOL-administered) Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers programs; Jobs for Veterans State Grants programs; Unemployment Insurance programs (programs authorized under State unemployment compensation laws in accordance with applicable Federal law); Senior Community Service Employment program; and Reintegration of Ex-Offenders;
  • (HUD-administered) Employment and Training activities carried by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Last Modified: 12/05/2016