President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into Law

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by NADO Admin

On July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 (H.R. 803 as amended) into the law, which reauthorizes the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs through 2020.  The bill marks the first major overall of the federal workforce system since 1998 and was approved by Congress after a ten-year reauthorization process.

Overall, WIOA focuses on streamlining programs, reporting, and administration. The bill eliminates 15 existing federal training programs, which include WIA incentive grants, WIA Pilots and Demonstration Projects, and the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF).  The legislation creates common measures across core workforce programs for both adults and youth, and mandates a single state unified plan for all core programs. The Department of Labor (DOL) has two years to implement all policy changes required by WIOA. Click here (http://wdr NULL.doleta NULL.gov/directives/attach/TEN/WIOA-Key-Implementation-Dates_Acc NULL.pdf) to view the key required implementation dates of WIOA.   Click here for information about WIOA.  Click here to view a recent NADO/NACo webinar outlining the legislation.  Additionally, there will be several in-depth sessions at NADO’s Annual Training Conference highlighting the new legislation and what it means for your organization.

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