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Summary of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Public Law 113-128, supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998, the WagnerPeyser Act of 1933, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA preserves the nation’s current program infrastructure allowing continuity in the delivery of federally funded employment services, workforce development, basic education for adults, and vocational rehabilitation activities for people with disabilities. The goal of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet skills requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. Funding and decision making authority is transferred from the federal level to states and local areas. Local Area II Local Workforce Development Board operates Workforce Centers that grant access to services to the public.

The Act promotes individual responsibility and personal decision-making through the use of vouchers (individual training accounts) for the purchase of training services. The strong and active role of local businesses and the requirement that training be designed for occupations that are in local labor market demand results in a market-driven system. Performance measures in training programs will include rates of job placement, retention and earnings. Reforms in programs for eligible youth include a much greater imphasis on serving out-of-school youth for ages 16 to 24, continuing to utilize long-term academic and occupational training with all employment experiences under the programs to be tied to basic academic and occupational learning opportunities. Adult education and literacy programs continue to focus on accountability through performance measures. Priority is given to recipients of public assistance, other low-income individuals, veterans, and individuals who are basic skills-deficient. Opportunities for persons with disabilities are expanded through improved linkages with employers and the Workforce Centers.

For the State to be eligible to receive WIOA funds, or receive financial assistance under the Wagner-Peyser Act, the Governor of the State will, by July 1, 2016, submit to the Secretary of Labor, a single State plan that outlines a 4-year strategy for the statewide workforce development system.

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To view a summary of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014 from the Department of Labor website, visit http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/Overview.cfm

To read the actual legislation for Public Law 113-128, The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, visit:
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