On this page:
- About WIOA
- Timelines and Events
- 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. Along with the WIOA signing, the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity was released on July 22, 2014. This Memorandum represents the Administration's efforts to ensure that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americansparticularly those hardest hit by the twists and turns of global competition, technological changes, economic isolation, or inadequate education opportunitiesready to work with marketable skills.
Together, these two policy pieces will have a great impact on adult education programs. 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 will become 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.
See the Program Memorandum announcing that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been opened for public viewing in advance of the public comment period.
See the joint Secretary Perez and Secretary Duncan press release announcing that the five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public comment. Updated
The five NPRMs, including three ED program-specific NPRMs and one joint ED-DOL NPRM, can be accessed below:
- Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of WIOA) – Provide your comments on docket ED-2015-OCTAE-0003.
- Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions – Provide your 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 – Provide your comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0001.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Miscellaneous Program Changes – Provide your comments on docket ED-2015-OSERS-0002.
- DOL NPRM (Titles I and III of WIOA) – Provide your comments on docket ETA-2015-0001.
We invite the public to review and provide comments on the proposed regulations. The comment period is open for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register and instructions for submitting public comments are described in each of the NPRMs. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/ or hard copy comments may be submitted via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Any comments not received through the processes outlined in the NPRMs will not be considered by the departments. All comments must be received on or before June 15, 2015.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
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.
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
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)
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. Bookmark the DOL page to keep current with DOL resources.
DOL Employment and Training Administration, in collaboration with its federal partners, released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 19-14) entitled Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. It lays out the vision for a revitalized workforce system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and highlights a number of actions State and local workforce system leaders can take to begin planning and implementing WIOA prior to the release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and publication of the final rule.
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.
DOL released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 23-14) entitled Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Transition, which provides operating guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of WIA Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with implementation of WIOA.
DOL released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 27-14) entitled Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions.Updated
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 was released on July 22, 2014 at the signing of WIOA. This document 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 the Aspen Institute's blog post by Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin on the impact this initiative could have on 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