WIOA is designed to strengthen and improve the nation’s public workforce development system by helping Americans with barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, achieve high quality careers and helping employers hire and retain skilled workers. Title IV of WIOA amended title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
WIOA Annual Reports
- WIOA Program Year 2017 Reports
WIOA requires States to submit an annual statewide performance report, including information on levels of performance achieved with respect to the primary indicators of performance. For Program Year (PY) 2017, State VR agencies reported some of this information to RSA for the first time under WIOA. PY 2017 data only includes performance for the Measurable Skill Gains indicator for the VR program because this was the only primary indicator for which data were available for reporting in PY 2017. To view each State report and the national summary for the VR program, please visit WIOA Annual Reports (PY 2017).
- WIOA Annual Report Training
The WIOA Annual Report Training provides an overview of the WIOA Annual Report submission timeline and State requirements. It also includes a demonstration of the submission portal. The WIOA Annual Report template is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration website. Please email RSAData@ed.gov if you have any questions about the WIOA Annual Report or submission process.
Joint WIOA Policy Guidance
- Guidance for Validating Jointly Required Performance Data Submitted under WIOA (PDF, 190KB)
- Two-Year Modification Requirements for WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans (PDF, 169KB)
- WIOA Annual Performance Report Submission (PDF, 28KB)
- Guidance on the Use of Supplemental Wage Information to Implement the Performance Accountability Requirements under WIOA (PDF, 123KB)
- Infrastructure Funding of the One-Stop Delivery System (PDF, 219KB)
- One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network (PDF, 235KB)
- Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs (PDF, 1.4MB)
- WIOA Joint Policy Guidance on Data Sharing and Confidentiality (PDF, 765KB)
- WIOA Requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans (PDF, 72KB)
- Vision for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under WIOA (PDF, 69KB)
- Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under WIOA (PDF, 99KB)
Joint WIOA Technical Assistance Resources
- Example of Local Area Integrated Business Services under WIOA
The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor continue to encourage local areas to document the roles and responsibilities of WIOA partners in engaging employers in their Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for the one-stop service delivery system, as required by section 121(c) of WIOA. The Departments support the development of coordinated business service strategies in these MOUs and are available to provide technical assistance to the workforce development system. The Departments are also interested in capturing promising practices from around the country to share with the field.
One local workforce area of note is the Spokane Workforce Council, which has implemented an aligned workforce system with its partners, including the VR program, where staff work together on functional teams. The Spokane Local Integrated Workforce Plan: 2016-2020 and WorkSource Memorandum of Understanding: 2017-2020 are available on the Council's website. The Departments have also linked to these resources on ION for other local areas to consider as an example. This MOU includes Spokane’s plan for providing integrated on-site business services through the comprehensive American Job Center.
- Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
On May 16, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor issued a technical assistance resource titled Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. This resource is intended to provide a high-level overview of these two programs and improve coordination of workforce preparation activities and employment services between these two core programs. The document offers strategies and resources to increase collaboration between the State and local agencies under these two programs, as well as program providers, so they may more effectively serve youth with disabilities.
- State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement
On May 3, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor made available to the public workforce development system the State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement. To review the SWIS Agreement, SWIS Background Information, and an Informational Webcast, please visit the Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION). The Webcast addresses:
- Who can sign onto the SWIS;
- SWIS data;
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974;
- Programs applicable to the SWIS;
- How data is exchanged through the SWIS;
- Confidentiality Compliance Reviews;
- Research and Evaluation; and
- How to sign the SWIS Agreement
- Measurable Skill Gains and Credential Attainment
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC), one of the RSA-funded technical assistance centers, partnered with RSA to develop guides for State VR agencies related to two of the WIOA performance accountability indicators: Measurable Skill Gains (MSG) and Credential Attainment. These WINTAC guides are intended to assist State VR agencies with understanding the requirements of recognized education and training programs related to the indicators and developing policies and procedures using the joint performance accountability guidance.
Beginning with Program Year (PY) 2017 and continuing in PY 2018, State VR agencies have collected and reported information to RSA related to VR program participants who achieved a MSG. In PY 2018, State VR agencies are collecting and reporting information to RSA related to participants who obtained a recognized postsecondary credential or secondary school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, during their participation in the VR program or within one year after they exit from the VR program.
- WIOA Shared Monitoring
Just as State and local partners are working hard to implement WIOA and coordinate with one another, Federal partners are invested in maintaining a strong partnership at the Federal level. As Federal partners continue to provide joint guidance and technical assistance to State and local partners, they recognize that responsibilities related to monitoring should also be aligned. Through this alignment, Federal partners will be in a better position to help State and local partners provide high-quality services to all job-seekers, workers, and employers. For more information, please review WIOA Shared Monitoring At-a-Glance.
- WIOA Federal Collaboration Guide
Federal partners work collaboratively to provide joint guidance and technical assistance to support the workforce development system and employers. DOL and ED issue joint policy guidance to stakeholders in each agency’s format. Despite the format, the guidance is the same. This at-a-glance document provides links to some of the joint policy guidance and technical assistance products.
- WIOA Myth Busters
The Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services developed a series of myth busters to debunk common misperceptions in the workforce development system as envisioned by WIOA.
- WIOA Joint Webinars
- Joint FAQs about WIOA One-Stop Infrastructure Costs
- Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit
The Departments of Labor and Education developed a Sample MOU and accompanying Cost Allocation Analyses that States and local areas may use as a reference guide when developing MOUs for the one-stop service delivery system under WIOA . This joint technical assistance addresses the one-stop operating budget, Infrastructure Funding Agreement, and cost allocation methodologies.
- The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
High-quality services to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA. These ten playlists provide technical assistance to assist the workforce development system in meeting that goal. Each playlist highlights resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on specific topics related to improving service to individuals with disabilities.
- WIOA Convenings - Spring 2017
The Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Departments of Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three WIOA convenings in Dallas (April 18-20), San Diego (May 8-10), and Washington, D.C. (May 23-25) to support the workforce development system’s implementation of WIOA.
WIOA Title IV Frequently Asked Questions
- Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment”
- State Supported Employment Services Program FAQs
- State Supported Employment Services Program Fiscal FAQs
- Pre-Employment Transition Services
WIOA Title IV Technical Assistance Resources
- Effectiveness in Serving Employers: A Crosswalk for WIOA Title IV Employer Services
The WINTAC, in partnership with RSA, recently published an Effectiveness in Serving Employers for WIOA Title IV Employer Services Crosswalk. RSA and its Federal partners agree that the crosswalk may be a useful technical assistance resource as VR agencies collaborate with their State partners, across all titles of WIOA, to ensure each core program’s efforts to engage with businesses and employers are collected and reported as Federal partners pilot this WIOA performance indicator.
- Performance Accountability Overview for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
RSA developed a training curriculum which provides an overview of the joint guidance issued in Technical Assistance Circulars TAC-17-01 and TAC-17-04. This curriculum contains seven independent modules that provide information on the key terms outlined in section 116 of WIOA as well as the six performance accountability indicators. It also provides an overview of supplemental wage guidance issued in TAC-17-04. Contact RSAData@ed.gov with any questions or comments about the training.
- Essential Elements of Customized Employment
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center and the Youth Technical Assistance Center, funded by RSA, entered into a partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates, TransCen, Inc., Marc Gold & Associates, and Virginia Commonwealth University to develop a document to identify the essential elements of customized employment (CE) as a guide for the universal application of these elements across service delivery and training providers. CE is a strategy to help individuals with barriers to employment achieve competitive integrated employment through tailoring jobs to the abilities of individuals and the needs of employers.
The Essential Elements of Customized Employment (PDF, 300 KB) will result in consistency of CE training content across the nation, an increase in CE training providers, an increase in the capacity and sustainability of CE as a service to individuals in need of the service, and a significant increase in the number of individuals who obtain competitive integrated employment through the strategies, techniques, and interventions articulated in this document.
- Case Service Report RSA-911
For more information on the RSA-911, please visit Supporting Information for the RSA-911 Data
- Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Public Law No. 115-13, which rescinded the Department of Education’s regulations relating to accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In order to reflect these changes, OSERS revised and reissued “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities” to remove references to the rescinded ESSA regulations.
- Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Conference - Fall 2016
RSA, together with its federal partners in the Department of Labor, provided technical assistance on the final regulations under titles I and IV of WIOA at the CSAVR fall conference. Under title I, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing the joint performance indicators and one-stop infrastructure costs. Under title IV, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the VR and SE programs, as well as final regulations implementing section 511.
- Transition-Related Changes to the VR Program Regulations
On October 13, 2016, RSA and OSEP held a webinar on transition-related changes to the VR program regulations, resulting from WIOA, including transition-related definitions specific to the provision of pre-employment transition services and transition services; the scope of pre-employment transition services, group transition services and individualized transition services; requirements of and considerations related to the formal interagency agreement between State educational agencies and VR agencies; and limitations on the use of subminimum wage. The OSEP website contains other technical assistance resources.
- RSA Regional Meetings on Program-Specific Requirements
In the summer and fall of 2016, RSA held three regional meetings on the final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the VR and SE programs, as well as those implementing section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA. In the regional meetings, RSA provided technical assistance on the following areas: competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage; transition services, including pre-employment transition services; supported employment; and fiscal requirements.
WIOA State Plans
- WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans
In the spring of 2018, States and Territories submitted the required two-year modification to their four-year WIOA State Plans for Federal review and approval. The Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture, whose programs are included in the State Plan, are pleased to announce that the public and stakeholders may view, download, and search the approved WIOA State Plans for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. In addition, the WIOA State Plans, covering the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020, remain available.
- Two-Year Modification to WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans
The Departments of Labor, Education, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services prepared a set of webcasts to assist States and their public workforce system partners in the development and the submission of the required two-year modification to the WIOA State Plans. The webcasts provide an overview of the submission requirements for the modification as well as considerations for preparing Plans in future years across programs, including specific requirements related to the VR services portion. State agencies are encouraged to start with the “Overview” module before choosing all or some of the program-specific presentations.
- WIOA State Plan Portal
The State Plan Portal is part of the State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (OMB No. 1205-0522) and has been approved as the method by which States should submit their Unified or Combined State Plan. See also Additional State Plan Portal resources and Request a User account for WIOA State Plan Portal.
On August 19, 2016, the Departments of Labor and Education announced the publication of the final rules implementing WIOA in the Federal Register:
- WIOA: Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions — Final Rule
(Effective Date: October 18, 2016)
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage — Final Rule
(Effective Date: September 19, 2016, with the exception of 34 CFR 361.10; 34 CFR 361.23; 34 CFR 361.40; and subparts D, E, and F of part 361, which became effective October 18, 2016)
- WIOA: Miscellaneous Program Changes — Final Rule
(Effective Date: September 19, 2016, with the exception that the removal of part 388 became effective October 1, 2016)
- Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of the WIOA) — Final Rule
(Effective Date: September 19, 2016, with the exception of subparts H, I, and J of part 463, which became effective October 18, 2016)
- WIOA: Department of Labor-Only — Final Rule
(Effective Date: October 18, 2016)
On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) announced the publication of the WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register. For more information, please visit the CRC website.
WIOA Federal Partner Websites
- Department of Education: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (ED/OCTAE)
- Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA)
- Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families (HHS/ACF)