Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regulations Released for Comment

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regulations Released for Comment

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been released for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (joint NPRM with the Departments of Education and Labor) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Labor only) on the Federal Register Public Inspection Web site at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is legislation designed to strengthen and improve the public workforce system and help get Americans into jobs and careers and help employers obtain skilled workers. According to US DOL, WIOA supports innovative strategies to keep pace with changing economic conditions and seeks to improve coordination between the core WIOA and other Federal programs that support employment services, job training, adult education and literacy, and vocational rehabilitation activities.

WIOA NPRMs on Public Inspection.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: This NPRM, developed jointly by the Departments of Education (ED) and Labor (DOL), implements the jointly-administered activities authorized by title I of WIOA. The NPRM proposes to strengthen the alignment of the workforce development system’s six core programs administered by ED and DOL respectively, by establishing unified strategic planning requirements, common performance accountability indicators, and requirements governing the one-stop delivery system. In so doing, these proposed regulations emphasize coordination and collaboration at the Federal, State, and local levels to ensure a streamlined and coordinated service delivery system for job-seekers, including those with disabilities, and employers.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; DOL-only Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: This NPRM, developed by DOL, implements titles I and III of WIOA. This NPRM proposes to implement changes made by title I of WIOA to the adult, dislocated worker, and youth formula programs; the State and local workforce development (formerly investment) boards; the designation of regions and local areas; local plans; the one-stop system; national programs, including Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian and Native American programs, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs; technical assistance and evaluations; and general administrative provisions currently authorized under title I of the Workforce Investment Act. Furthermore, the NPRM proposes to implement changes made by title III of WIOA, which amends the Wagner-Peyser Act relating to the Employment Services and 3

Workforce and Labor Market Information System and requires the Secretary to establish a Workforce Information Advisory Council.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; ED Notices of Proposed Rulemaking: In addition to the joint NPRM and DOL-only NPRM, ED is issuing three separate NPRMs to implement the requirements of titles II and IV of WIOA: one implementing program-specific requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), as reauthorized by title II of WIOA; and two NPRMs implementing all program-specific requirements for programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA.

Developing and issuing all five WIOA NPRMs in a coordinated manner reinforces WIOA’s heightened emphasis on collaboration to ensure an integrated and seamless service delivery system for job seekers and employers. Through these regulations, the Departments propose to implement job training system reforms and strengthen the nation’s workforce development system to put Americans back to work and make the United States more competitive in the 21st Century.

All five NPRMs are available for public inspection at this time prior to publication in the Federal Register. To view these NPRMs, please visit https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

UWC is reviewing the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and plans to submit comments within the 60 comment period.

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