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Joint WIOA Data Validation Guidelines New

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.

WIOA Program Year 2016–17 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.

Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announces the release of Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 15-6 – Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators. The TEGL provides information on the requirements to designate or certify one-stop operators through a competitive process, as set forth in section 121(d)(2)(A) of WIOA.

WIOA American Job Centers Common Identifier and Branding

The Department of Labor released frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the branding and common identifier requirements for American Job Centers (AJC). The FAQs and additional resources on this topic are available on the AJC Common Identifier and Branding page on the Innovation and Opportunity Network Workforce GPS.

WIOA Section 188 Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces publication of WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register on December 2, 2016. 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 the Final Rule, a Fact Sheet, FAQs, and other related information on the CRC’s Web site at https://www.dol.gov/crc/188rule/.


Laws and Guidance

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

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Final Rules

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collectively issued five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128).

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


Information Collection Requests

WIOA 30-Day Notice for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Common Performance Reporting The U.S. departments of Labor and Education are issuing revisions related to WIOA Common Performance Reporting. The 30-day information collection request appears in the January 9 Federal Register. The comment period closes February 8, 2018.

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)

Extension of Existing NRS Information Collection Request (ICR) – Response to Public Comments

In the fall of 2016, OCTAE published a proposed extension of an existing NRS ICR for public review and comment. The ICR included four new tables and one revised table consistent with the WIOA performance accountability requirements for the AEFLA program. In March 2017, OCTAE published responses to the public comments received and the ICR was made available again for public review and comment for 30 days. The comment period closed on April 21, 2017. The comments and other ICR documentation may be accessed at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2016-ICCD-0104-0028.


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Last Modified: 12/18/2018