The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supports workforce development activities throughout the country and funds job training programs for displaced adult and youth workers. WIOA reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in 2014. The legislation modernized the nation’s workforce development system and streamlined existing employment and workforce-related education and training systems via unified planning and delivery, common measurements for program performance and more uniform data collection and usage among many other improvements to WIA.
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education are currently developing regulations and additional guidance for states and local communities on how to implement the new law. A timeline for key statutory implemetation dates can be found here.
- Text of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- Joint NASDCTEc/ACTE Recommendations: Workforce Investment Act
- Joint NASDCTEc/ ACTE Public Comments: Performance Indicators
- National Skills Coalition: Side-by-Side Analysis of WIA / WIOA
- National Skills Coalition: Analysis of Administration's Job-Driven Action Plan
- U.S. Department of Labor's Pre-Recorded Webinar Series: Overview of WIOA