Public Comment Period to Open April 16 for Federal WIOA Regulations

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. 

In a recent blog post, U.S. Department of Labor Sec. Tom Perez said WIOA is “part of a fundamental transformation in the way we prepare people for the careers of today and tomorrow.”  Building on a recent report to embed job-driven training into existing programs, Perez said, “More than ever before, we’re taking a job-driven approach, building unprecedented partnerships with employers and making sure training programs connect businesses that want to grow with workers who want to punch their ticket to the middle class.”

On April 2, the Federal Register posted five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) implementing WIOA for public review.  The NPRMs include one from the department of labor, a joint notice from the departments of labor and education and three notices from the department of education.

The collaboration among federal agencies showcases the movement at the federal level to break down silos and increase cooperation.  Perez said, “We’re also…. coordinating more closely with our regional and local partners to ensure the most effective, efficient delivery of our services.”

Links to the notices can be found at:

DOL-only NPRM: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/16/2015-05530/workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act   

Joint DOL-ED NPRM: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/16/2015-05528/workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-unified-and-combined-state-plans-performance-accountability   

ED-only NPRMs: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection   

All notices are due to be released in the Federal Register on April 16 which opens the public comment period.  Visit http://www.regulations.gov to access guidelines for submitting comments. The comment period is due to close on June 15, 2015.

For more, see Sec. Perez’s blog post, Help Us Build a Better Workforce Systemhttps://blog.dol.gov/2015/04/02/help-us-build-a-better-workforce-system/