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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.) 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 Americans—particularly those hardest hit by the twists and turns of global competition, technological changes, economic isolation, or inadequate education opportunities—ready 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)

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Timelines and Events

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 information posted by the Department of Labor and developed in coordination with the Department of Education pertaining to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement WIOA.

See the WIOA Key Implementation Dates fact sheet below.

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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. Bookmark this page for forthcoming information.

WIOA Topical Fact Sheets Updated
Corrections Education [PDF, 307KB]
English Language Acquisition [PDF, 274KB]
Essential Components of Reading [PDF, 279KB]
Integrating Technology [PDF, 315KB]

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]

See an OCTAE Connection newsletter announcing the release of the report, which includes a link to a video recorded statement by Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin.

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)
Issue-specific fact sheets (coming soon)

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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. 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. Updated

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.

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

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.

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Job-Driven Training

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

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 225K], posted October 2, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions, Round 2 [PDF, 151K], posted by DOL on February 27, 2015


 
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