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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.



5 Things You Should Know about WIOA


Friday, July 22, 2016 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. Check out the following link for five important things to know about WIOA: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/07/5-things-know-wioa/

(July 26, 2016)

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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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WIOA Final Rules: Previously Released Versions


On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education announced the posting of the following.



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




PD-16-03: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans


On March 9, 2016, the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration released a policy directive, PD-16-03, entitled, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans. This guidance—developed jointly by the Departments of Labor), Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development—provides an overview of the Administration’s priorities in relation to the WIOA planning requirements, explains the planning requirements where necessary, and instructs States regarding submission procedures. Specifically, This PD conveys the following to States:

  • The vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA;
  • The deadline and submission process for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA ;
  • The requirements to have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place for Program Year (PY) 2016 and beyond for the six core programs of WIOA; and
  • The options for States to incorporate all or portions of partner programs into their State plan submissions if they choose to submit a Combined State Plan.

You can obtain a copy of PD-16-03 at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/rsa/policy-directives.html.

If you have any questions regarding PD-16-03, please contact your RSA state liaison. You can access the list of state liaisons at https://rsa.ed.gov/people.cfm.

(March 9, 2016)

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WIOA State Plan Submission Portal


The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan submission portal is now live. The portal is part of the State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (ICR) (OMB No. 1205-0522) and has been approved as the method by which States should submit their Unified or Combined State Plan. A text version of the ICR, a link to the portal, and a training for State portal users may be found at https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/State_Plan_Resources.cfm.

As a reminder, State Plans are due to the Departments no later than April 1, 2016.

We encourage you to go to be https://rsa.ed.gov/request-access.cfm?usp=Y and request a User account, if you have not already done so. We look forward to receiving your state plan. The Employment and Training Administration, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration will each issue State Plan guidance to provide States with additional information and resources.

(March 4, 2016)

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Final WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements


States must use the Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans Requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved this data collection (Control Number 1205-0222). These documents reflect the incorporation of public comments received from the publication of the August 6 Federal Register notice prepared by the Departments of Labor, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture.

(Feb. 23, 2016)

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Comments being accepted on the Unified State Plan


The Department of Labor, in coordination with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, is soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements is a consolidated information collection that would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128). WIOA requires that, no later than March 3, 2016, each state, at a minimum, submit a Unified State Plan as a condition of receiving funds for core programs subject to the Unified State Plan requirements. In the alternative, states may submit a Combined State Plan as a condition of receiving funds under certain named programs subject to the Combined State Plan provisions. See 29 U.S.C. §§ 3112 and 3113. The Unified or Combined State Plan requirements are designed to improve service integration and ensure that the publicly-funded workforce system provides a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. To that end, the Unified or Combined State Plan would describe how the state will develop and implement a unified, integrated service delivery system rather than discuss the state's approach to operating each program individually.

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we are seeking comment through January 22, 2016 on the proposed WIOA State Plan information collection request (ICR). A copy of the Federal Register Notice for this collection, proposed ICR and supplement, and supporting statement may be accessed at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201503-1205-020.

The Departments published an earlier version of this ICR for a 60-day comment period that closed on October 5, 2015. The Departments responded to comments received during the 60-day comment period and are re-publishing the ICR for a final 30-day comment period as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. This comment period is open for 30 days and closes on January 22, 2016. Any comments not received through the process outlined in the Federal Register (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-23/pdf/2015-32278.pdf) will not be considered.

(Dec. 31, 2015)

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Vision. Policy. Strategy. January 26-28, 2016 in Washington DC


Mark Your Calendars for the National Convening of Workforce Leadership: A conference on Innovation and Opportunity to be held January 26-28, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Download the flyer (PDF 502KB).

(Nov. 10, 2015)



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.

Please visit www.regulations.gov to share your comments on the specific proposed rules, in accordance with the process outlined in the NPRMs. Any comments not received through the processes outlined in the NPRMs will not be considered by the departments.



Transfer of the Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living programs


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 transfers the Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living programs from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education, to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACL has posted a news release regarding the transition of these programs.



Read Submitted Comments on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


OSERS and the Office Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) thank all the contributors who submitted comments on the implementation of WIOA Title II and Title IV. We received 277 comments by the closing on August 29, 2014.

This thoughtful feedback will be reviewed by the Offices and considered as we prepare the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on proposed regulations.

Please watch for the next opportunity to submit comments in January 2015 when the NPRM is released in the Federal Register.

(Sept. 5, 2014)



 


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