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RSA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


WIOA became law on July 22, 2014. This legislation and its implementing regulations are designed to strengthen and improve the nation’s public workforce development system and help Americans with significant barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, into high quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. Title IV of WIOA amended title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Joint WIOA Policy Guidance

Joint WIOA Technical Assistance Resources
  • WIOA Myth Busters
    Myths perceived as fact can interfere with the ability of States to fully implement an integrated workforce development system envisioned under WIOA. The myth busters provided in this series reflect joint technical assistance issued by the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.
  • Joint Webinars
  • FAQs about One-Stop Infrastructure Costs
  • Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit
    WIOA established new requirements for the development of MOUs in the one-stop service delivery system. The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) website has posted a Sample MOU and accompanying Cost Allocation Analyses that may be used as a reference guide or toolkit when developing an MOU. The Sample MOU and toolkit includes the one-stop operating budget, Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA), and cost allocation methodologies pursuant to the requirements of section 121 of WIOA, its implementing regulations in the Joint WIOA Final Rule at 20 CFR part 678 and the corresponding Department of Education implementing regulations at 34 CFR parts 361 and 463 and the relevant guidance.
  • The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
    High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists. Each playlist is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.
  • 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). The convenings continued to support WIOA implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the workforce development system.


WIOA Title IV Frequently Asked Questions

WIOA Title IV Technical Assistance Resources
  • Performance Accountability Overview for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
    RSA has 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 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as the six performance accountability indicators: Employment 2nd Quarter after Exit, Employment 4th Quarter after Exit, Median Earnings 2nd Quarter after Exit, Credential Attainment, Measurable Skill Gains, and Effectiveness of Serving Employers. 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 the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, 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 review Supporting Information for the RSA-911 Data where you will find links to
    • Policy Directives,
    • Webinars,
    • FAQs,
    • Guidelines: Supporting Documentation for Case Service Report
  • 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 has revised and is reissuing “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities” to remove references to the now 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 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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
  • 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 Unified and Combined State Plans
    The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce the availability of the approved WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans. The public may view, download, or search the State Plans for information on how states are implementing WIOA. The search feature provides users a method for searching any or all State Plans based on a topic, word or phrase within a section, multiple sections, or the entirety of a State Plan, and to compare strategies and practices.
  • WIOA State Plan Portal
    The State Plan Portal is part of the State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (ICR) (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.


WIOA Final Rules

On August 19, 2016, the Departments of Labor and Education announced the publication of the final rules implementing WIOA in the Federal Register:

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


To learn more about RSA—or use tools and download data—visit our Web portal at https://rsa.ed.gov or click on one of the links below.

Last Modified: 04/04/2018