Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, provides for comprehensive realignment of the nation’s workforce development programs. The federal government provides significant funding to states for workforce system programs covered by WIOA. For program year 2016 the federal government appropriated more than $6.9 billion to states for the Core WIOA Program and approximately $3.4 billion in federal formula funding for partner programs, for total funding of $10.5 billion. Federal funding is also provided through competitive grants.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, also known as WIOA, received bipartisan congressional support and was signed into law in July 2014. WIOA is the first major reform of the public workforce system since the Workforce Investment Act, or WIA, of 1998. The program has an ambitious goal to coordinate up to 19 different federal programs administered by four different federal departments.

WHEREAS, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) was signed on July 22, 2014, and WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years; and

WHEREAS, WIOA creates a new vision for how America prepares an educated and skilled workforce that expands opportunity for all workers, provides a customer-focused one-stop delivery system, and enhances and increases coordination among key employment, education, and training programs; and

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to assist those looking for employment access the education, training and support services needed to find family-sustaining jobs and to match skilled workers with business and industry. 

On Thursday, Nov. 20 a group of state legislators and education officials met with staff from the White House Intergovernmental Affairs and representatives from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.  An update on the Administration's priorities, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and critical early education initiatives were discussed.