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Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

In July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress—was signed into law by President Obama. WIOA is the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs in the 16 years since passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). A lot has changed since 1998—and our workforce system hasn't kept up. Low-skilled and low-income workers face more barriers than ever to securing an education and getting a good job.

The new law recognizes the need for a new playbook and reauthorizes the nation’s employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs created under WIA. WIOA improves connections to employment and training opportunities that lead to economic prosperity for workers and their families.

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WIOA Kentucky State Plan Document

Kentucky State Plan - AEFLA only (530K PDF)

Latest Resources

Regionalism: The Framework of the Future (1,500K PDF)– This PowerPoint presentation was presented by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration at the Continuing Conversation, 2017 WIOA National Convenings.

Program Memorandum 17-3: Infrastructure Funding of the One-Stop Delivery System – This program memorandum, developed jointly by the U.S. Departments Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services, provides guidance on the operating costs of the one-stop delivery system, in accordance with the requirements set forth in WIOA and its implementing regulations. The guidance is applicable to required one-stop partners, as well as additional partners, and focuses on how infrastructure and additional costs are determined and paid for by one-stop partners in the local one-stop system.

Program Memorandum 17-4: One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network – This publication was jointly developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The program memorandum provides general guidance for the implementation of operational requirements under WIOA pertaining to the one-stop delivery system and provides the primary components for understanding and implementing an integrated American Job Center network.

Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 15-6 – Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators – The TEGL, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, provides information on the requirements to designate or certify one-stop operators through a competitive process, as set forth in section 121(d)(2)(A) of WIOA.

WIOA One-Stop Infrastructure Frequently Asked Questions – The departments of Education and Labor are issuing answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the one-stop infrastructure cost requirements under WIOA. The departments will release more detailed guidance related to these and other one-stop infrastructure issues in the future.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Final Rules

The U.S. departments of Labor and Education have collectively issued five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128).

Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda OCTAE issued several WIOA Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda concerning implementation of AEFLA under WIOA.&


Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) – The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. (See the full bill.) This Act reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) with several major revisions. Watch this page for updates, timelines, and resources to guide implementation of the new requirements. Along with the WIOA signing, the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity was released on July 22, 2014. This Memorandum represents the Administration's efforts to ensure that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans—particularly those hardest hit by the twists and turns of global competition, technological changes, economic isolation, or inadequate education opportunities—ready to work with marketable skills.

United States Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration -- The DOL, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), is working diligently to ensure that states, local areas, other grantees, and stakeholders are prepared for implementation of WIOA. The above link to the WIOA Resource Page will provide information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page will be updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions.

National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE) Resources -- This website has a variety of resources including many PowerPoints and required state leadership activities provided by Dr. Lennox McLendon, Executive Director of NAEPDC.

National Skills Coalition, Every worker, Every industry -- A strong economy -- A broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members. This website contains overview materials on WIOA, as well as news, analysis and recommendations for reauthorization developed by National Skills Coalition.

New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) -- The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) -- Policy Solutions that Work for Low-Income People, has released the above report which details provisions that strengthen existing workforce development and adult education programs in four primary ways that can benefit adults and youth with barriers to economic success. These four primary ways increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers; expands education and training options, helps disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth earn while they learn and aligns planning and accountability policies across core programs.