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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, WIOA, and the Workforce System

WIOA, which supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation's workers and jobseekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work.

For more information see WIOA and ION.

The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively.

Webcast Overview of the Information Collection Request for the WIOA Unified and Combine Plans

On August 6, 2015, the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development published a Federal Register notice seeking public comment on the proposed planning requirements and related burden, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). This pre-recorded session is designed to provide information on this request and tips on how to make a good comment.

Click here for the slides, transcripts and additional handouts

Required Elements for Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. See the Federal Register Notice. Comments are due by January 29, 2016. Click here for further information.

WIOA Implementation Dates

WIOA Policy Guidance

  • December 10, 2015

    WIOA: All Related Advisories

  • December 01, 2015

    TEN 17-15 Release and Availability of the Technical Assistance Resource, Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development.

  • September 17, 2015

    TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER No. 08-15 To provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA.

  • September 17, 2015

    TEN 10-15: ETA announces changes made to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) through passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Technical Amendments Act.

  • August 13, 2015

    TEGL 04-15: Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) This Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) lays out the vision for the one-stop delivery system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and links to key technical assistance resources to support states and local areas as they integrate this vision into their one-stop delivery system (https://www.doleta.gov/wioa). This guidance is also being issued by the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. It was developed in collaboration with these agencies, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will soon issue additional guidance to other programs administered by DOL that covers governance, operational, and service delivery topics related to the one-stop delivery system.

  • July 1, 2015

    TEGL 03-15: Guidance on Services Provided through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or Opportunity Act) and Wagner Peyser, as Amended by WIOA, and Guidance for the Transition to WIOA Services.

    TEGL 02-15: Operational Guidance for National Dislocated Worker Grants, pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or Opportunity Act).

    TEGL 01-15: Operations Guidance Regarding the Impact of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation on Waivers Approved Under the Workforce Investment Act.

  • April 15, 2015

    TEGL 27-14: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions.

  • February 19, 2015

    TEGL 19-14: lays out the vision for a revitalized transformed workforce system as a result of implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Further, it encourages workforce system leaders and partners to take action now to support successful implementation to fully realize the vision of WIOA. Finally, it provides an overview of upcoming guidance and technical assistance to support effective implementation.

  • October 28, 2014

    TEGL 12-14: (October 28, 2014) - Allowable Uses and Funding Limits of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Year (PY) 2014 funds for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Transitional Activities

USDOL Strategic Planning

The DOL Strategic Plan is the foundation for DOL's planning and budgeting activities. DOL's strategic goal framework is comprised of five strategic goals: 1) Prepare workers for better jobs, 2) Improve workplace safety and health, 3) Promote fair and high-quality work environments, 4) Secure retirement, health, and other employee benefits and, for those not working, provide income security, and 5) Produce timely and accurate data on the economic conditions of workers and their families.

Performance Planning Guidance for State's Strategic Planning

ETA Publishes Thirty-Day Notice for "Planning Guidance and Instructions for State Strategic Plan and Plan Modifications Submission for Workforce Investment Act Title I and Wagner-Peyser Act".

Mar 2, 2015

The Employment and Training Administration has published the thirty-day notice in the February 23, 2015 FEDERAL REGISTER for the Planning Guidance and Instructions for State Strategic Plan and Plan Modifications Submission for Workforce Investment Act Title I and Wagner-Peyser Act. The Office of Management and Budget will consider all comments that the agency receives on or before March 25, 2015.

The sixty-day notice regarding this collection was published in the September 10, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER.

WAIVERS

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER No. 01-15 (July 01, 2015)

Operations Guidance Regarding the Impact of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation on Waivers Approved Under the Workforce Investment Act.

  • Workforce Information Strategic Planning Resources
    • TEGL 37-14  (May 29, 2015) - Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Requirements: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Stereotyping are Prohibited Forms of Sex Discrimination in the Workforce Development System
    • TEGL 30-14 - Negotiating or Extending Performance Goals for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title IB Programs and Wagner-Peyser Act Funded Activities for Program Year (PY) 2015
    • TEGL 27-14 - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions
    • TEGL 19-14 (February 19, 2015) - Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
    • TEGL 12-14 (October 28, 2014) - Allowable Uses and Funding Limits of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Year (PY) 2014 funds for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Transitional Activities

For additional specific program performance information, please see:

WIA Adult
WIA Dislocated Worker
WIA Youth
Wagner-Peyser

WIA/W-P Performance Negotiations

Under WIA, states submitting a State Plan under Title I, subtitle B must propose expected levels of performance for each of the 17 indicators of performance consisting of the adult, dislocated worker and youth programs respectively and the two customer satisfaction indicators unless they have a waiver for the 15 common measures. Please see the link below to visit the state negotiations webpage.

Performance Goals

Please see the links below for Department and agency-level performance and budget information.

Other Planning Resources

Funding Guidance

  • TEGL 39-14: Program Year (PY) 2015 Workforce and Labor Market Information Grants to States (WIGS): Policy and Program Guidance, Deliverables, and Formula Allocations.

  • TEGL 34-14: The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance letter (TEGL) is to allot PY 2014 Dislocated Worker National Reserve funds to states, Outlying Areas, and WIA Section 166 Indian and Native American grantees specifically for WIOA implementation activities including training of front-line staff, convening boards and supporting planning, transitioning to serving out-of-school youth, and assessing and improving state information technology (IT) systems.

  • TEGL 29-14: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Activities Program Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2015; Final PY 2015 Allotments for the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service (ES) Program Allotments; and Workforce Information Grants to States Allotments for PY 2015.

  • TEGL 18-13: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Activities Program Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2014; Final PY 2014 Allotments for the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service (ES) Program Allotments; and Workforce Information Grants to States Allotments for PY 2014.

Individual Program Performance Planning