Sneak Preview: FAQ Provides Information on WIOA Implementation

September 4, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xgran_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on its website to provide information and instructions to recipients of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) awards as the department transitions to requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128).

WIOA, which reauthorized WIA, was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and took effect July 1, 2015. WIOA aims to help individuals seeking jobs to access employment, education, training and support services to secure those jobs, and to match employers with the skilled workers they need. It affects DOL’s Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs; Adult Education and Literacy programs; Wagner-Peyser Employment Service programs; and Title I of the Rehabilitation Act programs.

WIOA differs from WIA in several ways. WIOA creates a single set of common performance measures (e.g., receipt of secondary diploma or recognized postsecondary credential; measurable skills gained; employer engagement) for adults across all core grant programs authorized under the act, along with a set of common measures across all youth-serving programs. For example, while WIA provided Congress some latitude on annual appropriations for discretionary programs, WIOA includes specific funding levels for fiscal years 2015-2020 for the WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs. In addition, performance language was strengthened. WIA “permits and encourages” states to submit a uniform plan for any of its WIA programs. WIOA requires a single, unified state plan every four years covering all core programs authorized under the bill.

The FAQ explains that state and local governments must have WIOA-compliant workforce development boards in place as of July 1. Although state and local governments had established workforce investment boards under WIA, the responsibilities of the boards are more focused under WIOA. They will work with governors and key elected officials to encourage public-private partnerships; support strategies that advance opportunities for workers and for those seeking jobs, including low-skilled adults, youth and individuals with disabilities; and foster innovation. They also will continue to offer multiple job-assistance services, called One-Stop Centers, to better coordinate programs and resources that are accessible to those seeking jobs, current workers and employers.


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