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WIOA: A Vision to Revitalize the Workforce System

Posted on 06/01/2015

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Reminder: Public comments are being accepted on the 5 proposed notices of rulemaking until June 15, 2015. See the announcement External link opens in new window or tab with docket numbers, anFAQ External link opens in new window or tab document, a recorded statement External link opens in new window or tab by Acting Assistant Secretary Uvin, and a recorded webinar  External link opens in new window or tab on entering comments.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) aims to increase access to and opportunities for employment, education, training, and support services, particularly for individuals with the greatest barriers to employment. WIOA, which marks the most significant change to the Federal adult education, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development systems in more than a decade, promotes stronger alignment of workforce, education, vocational rehabilitation, and other human services systems in order to improve the structure and delivery of services to individuals, including adults and youth with disabilities and others who face barriers to employment.

WIOA modernizes and streamlines the workforce development system to offer holistic, wrap around services to support gainful employment in the competitive integrated labor market. WIOA also supports innovative strategies to keep pace with changing economic conditions and calls for improved collaboration among agencies, not just at the State and local levels, but also at the Federal level.

The transformation of the workforce development system will take time and considerable effort. The Departments are committed to providing guidance and technical assistance to States and local areas to help realize this vision for our shared customers. To that end, the Departments of Labor and Education published five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA. The five NPRMs include: a joint NPRM, issued by the Departments of Labor and Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, proposing to implement jointly-administered activities related to unified planning, performance accountability, and the one-stop system; a Department of Labor NPRM proposing to implement DOL-specific activities under titles I and III of WIOA; and three Department of Education NPRMs proposing to implement the requirements of titles II and IV of WIOA. The proposed regulations are designed to: update and improve federal workforce programs that serve workers, job seekers, and employers; strengthen accountability and transparency; increase access to work-based learning tools, such as apprenticeships; and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions.

We invite comments on the NPRMs External link opens in new window or tab until June 15, 2015. You can find information on how to use regulations.gov on the site under "Are you new to the site?" See the announcement External link opens in new window or tab with docket numbers, an FAQ External link opens in new window or tab, arecorded statement External link opens in new window or tab by Acting Assistant Secretary Uvin, and a recorded webinar  External link opens in new window or tab on entering comments.

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