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WIOA State Plan Information Collection Request New

Under WIOA, States and territories must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system. For Program Year (PY 2020, States and territories must submit a new four-year WIOA State Plan for Federal review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) (OMB approval no. 1205-0522) details the requirements States must address in its WIOA Unified or Combined State Plans. The ICR is available on the DOL website.

State Wage Interchange System Data Sharing Agreement

On May 3, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education sent the State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement (Agreement) to state workforce administrators, state adult education directors, state vocational rehabilitation (VR) directors, and state unemployment insurance directors for their review and signature. States signing the Agreement will be able to exchange interstate quarterly wage records with any other State signing the Agreement to satisfy performance reporting requirements in section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). States not signing the SWIS Agreement will need to develop and execute separate interstate wage sharing agreements with other States to satisfy the requirement that States use interstate wage records in measuring a State's performance on the WIOA primary indicators of performance. The SWIS Agreement replaces the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS and WRIS2) Data Sharing Agreements previously executed by most States.

To aid your review of the SWIS Agreement, please review the background document that provides information and technical assistance developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education related to the purpose, applicability, and content of the SWIS Agreement. The Departments strongly encourage states to sign the SWIS Agreement as soon as possible.

For questions or more information, State workforce agencies may email SWIS@dol.gov; State adult education agencies may email NRS@ed.gov; and State VR agencies may email RSAData@ed.gov. The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education encourage workforce development agencies to listen to the SWIS Agreement webcast and participate in upcoming technical assistance events. Additional information and an updated list of signatory states to the SWIS Agreement can be found on the DOL website.

AEFLA Funds for Integrated Education and Training Programs – FAQs New

OCTAE announces the release of Program Memorandum 19-2: Allowable Use of AEFLA Funds for Integrated Education and Training Programs – Frequently Asked Questions. The memorandum clarifies the circumstances under which states may use AEFLA funds to pay for occupational certificates and/or credentials in an IET program.

WIOA Program Year 2017–18 Statewide Performance Reports

Section 116(d)(2) of WIOA requires States to submit an annual performance report on several data elements required by statute, including information on the State agreed-upon levels of performance and levels of performance achieved with respect to the primary indicators of performance. The Statewide Performance Reports for the Adult Education program, WIOA Title II, are available on the Accountability and Reporting page.

AEFLA Demonstrated Effectiveness Technical Assistance Guide

The Determining Applicant Eligibility When Conducting a State Competition for AEFLA Funds technical assistance guide provides information about applicant eligibility to apply for federal AEFLA funds, as well as information about State responsibilities to evaluate applicant eligibility. The guide also contains a State Application Review Guide that may be used by a State to evaluate whether its application for AEFLA funds meets federal requirements to determine the eligibility of AEFLA applicants.

Joint WIOA Data Validation Guidelines

OCTAE announces the release of Program Memorandum 19-1: Guidance for Validating Jointly Required Performance Data Submitted under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Section 116(d)(5) of WIOA requires the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor to establish data validation guidelines to ensure the information contained in program reports is valid and reliable. The program memorandum provides a general framework for data validation that states must use to develop procedures consistent with these guidelines.

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Laws and Guidance

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

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Regulations

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education collectively issued regulations to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) published in January 2019.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Regulations

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Regulations

  • VR Program-Specific Regulations: 34 CFR part 361, subparts A-C
  • Supported Employment Services Regulations: 34 CFR part 363
  • Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage Regulations: 34 CFR part 397
  • VR Miscellaneous Program Changes: 34 CFR parts 367-373, 381-387, 390, and 396
  • WIOA Joint Regulations (Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions): 34 CFR part 361, subparts D-F

Department of Labor (DOL) Regulations

  • DOL Program-Specific Regulations: 20 CFR parts 603, 651-654, 658, 675, 679-688
  • WIOA Joint Regulations (Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions): 20 CFR parts 676-678

Additionally, the Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center (CRC) issued regulations related to Section 188 Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity of WIOA (29 CFR Part 38). 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 information related to Section 188 on the CRC’s Web site at https://www.dol.gov/crc/188rule/.

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

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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) The NRS technical assistance guide contains an overview of the NRS information collection and instructions for the WIOA title II performance reporting components such as the statistical tables, the narrative report, the Federal Financial Report, and the data quality checklist.

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State Plan Resources

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WIOA Resources, Technical Assistance, and Events

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About WIOA Partners

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

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Last Modified: 11/08/2019