Overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.
WIOA Fact Sheets:
- WIOA Bill Public Law No: 113-128 (678 KB)
- WIOA Fact Sheet (178 KB)
- WIOA Fact Sheet: Governance and Leadership (147 KB)
- WIOA Fact Sheet: One-Stop Career Centers (otherwise known as America’s Job Centers of California) (147 KB)
- WIOA Fact Sheet: Youth Program (146 KB)
Code of Federal Regulations
Through the Code of Federal Regulations, the Department of Labor implements major reforms of the nation's job training system and provides guidance for statewide and local workforce development systems that increase the employment, retention and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.
Code of Federal Regulations: