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Previously Posted Information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act





Overview


The President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This new law represents a renewed commitment to workforce development with an eye to the future through innovation and support for individual and national economic growth. It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. It looks to the prosperity of workers and employers and focuses on the economic growth of communities, regions, and states to enhance our global competitiveness as a country. While some research services and resources for those with disabilities will be transferred from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we expect a seamless transition with minimal disruption, and we express our continued strong commitment to grantees and all key stakeholders.

The new law states that the amendments that it makes to the Rehabilitation Act, as well as the transfer of certain programs from ED to HHS, took effect when President Obama signed the bill. However, WIOA also gives the Secretaries of ED and HHS authority to ensure an orderly transition as they implement these changes so they are carried out in a manner that minimizes disruption. ED and HHS, after working with the Office of Management and Budget, have determined that ED will continue to administer the affected programs until the orderly transfer can be completed as soon as reasonably possible. We will continue to engage and inform grantees and key stakeholders as specific plans for the transfer of these programs are developed and implemented. We appreciate your continued support as we realign and strengthen our programs for people with disabilities.

To obtain a printed copy in the form of a paperback book from the House Legislative Resource Center, send an e-mail to: info.clerkweb@mail.house.gov, or call: 202-226–5210, or write to:

B-106 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-6612

Ask for Public Law 113-128.



Workforce Success Story


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has published a blog to share Janet Terry’s success story. Ms. Terry received vocational rehabilitation services and other services as a result of connecting with an American Job Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

(July 11, 2016)

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WIOA — Second Anniversary


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. This landmark legislation and its implementing regulations are designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help Americans with significant barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, into high quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

On June 30, 2016, the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services held a teleconference with over 1,000 stakeholders to announce that the WIOA final rules are publicly available. Read a transcript of the June 30th teleconference ( PDF, 164KB). The final rules are available on the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) website and they will be published soon in the Federal Register.

On July 5, 2016, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and RSA held a teleconference with its stakeholders to announce that the WIOA final rules are publicly available. The July 5, 2016 teleconference transcript ( PDF, 243KB) also includes information regarding the program-specific final rules related to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA.

Six months after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening, and only weeks after WIOA Final Rules were made publicly available, leaders from Federal agencies—U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services—convened on July 19, 2016 to celebrate the second anniversary of WIOA and answered some initial questions on the joint final rule. The webinar was titled “WIOA at Year Two: Continuing the Conversation” — a video recording, a transcript, and a supporting PowerPoint are available.

(July 22, 2016)

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RSA Regional Meetings on Program-Specific Requirements under the Rehabilitation Act


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) held three regional meetings to provide technical assistance on the final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as those implementing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage in new section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA. In the regional meetings, RSA provided technical assistance on the following areas: competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage (section 511); transition services, including pre-employment transition services; supported employment; and fiscal requirements.

For more detail see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-meetings-on-final-regs.html

(June 6, 2016)

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Webinar: WIOA at Year Two: Continuing the Conversation


Six months after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening, and only weeks after WIOA Final Rules were made publicly available, leaders from Federal agencies—U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services—will reconvene to celebrate the two-year anniversary of WIOA. More importantly, they want to begin addressing your initial questions on the final rule. By July 12, 2016, please submit questions to: DOL.WIOA@dol.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: If multiple participants from the same location are joining the live event, we encourage you to join at one location. This will allow for a larger number of participants to attend.

Presenter(s):

  • Susan Golonka, Acting Director of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Sue Swenson, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
  • Moderator: Gerri Fiala, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Date: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern
Length: 1 hour

Registration for this event is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!

(July 8, 2016)

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WIOA Information and Resources




Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs)


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in over 15 years. WIOA is designed to streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies and strengthen collaboration with state and local partners. To ensure the most effective and efficient delivery of these services, on April 16, 2015 the departments of Labor and Education announced five new proposed rules to fully implement WIOA. The five proposed rules include a joint Department of Labor and Education rule, a Department of Labor rule, and three Department of Education rules to implement the requirements of titles II and IV of WIOA

Here are summaries of each proposed rule and a link to read the comments provided by the public.



 


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