WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans outline what State and Territories are doing to help Americans, including those with barriers to employment, such as individuals with disabilities, into high-quality careers. Unified and Combined State Plans also detail how States and Territories are helping businesses hire and retain skilled workers.
Under WIOA, States and Territories developed the first Unified and Combined State Plans for the four-year period covering Program Years 2016 through 2019 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020) in the Spring of 2016. WIOA requires States and Territories to modify their State Plans at the midpoint. In the Spring of 2018, States and Territories developed these modifications covering Program Years 2019 and 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). The first Unified and Combined States Plans and modifications are available on the WIOA State Plan Portal.
In the Spring of 2020, States and Territories submitted their second four-year Unified and Combined State Plans covering Program Years 2020 through 2023 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2024). The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor (the Departments) have approved these State Plans and many of them are available on the WIOA State Plan Portal.
WIOA State Plan Information Collection
The Departments collaborate to administer the joint State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (OMB No. 1205-0522), which includes the VR Services Portion (pages 31-41). As outlined in the joint information collection, the WIOA State Plan Portal is the approved method by which States submit and modify Unified and Combined State Plans.
WIOA State Plan Technical Assistance Resources
The Departments have developed several technical assistance tools related to Unified and Combined State Plans. Please visit the Innovation and Opportunity Network on WorkforceGPS.