Now Available: 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).  President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014.  WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youths and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
The U.S. departments of Labor and Education announce the advanced posting of the following:
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Final Rule
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Department of Labor-only Final Rule
  • Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act); Final Rule
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on use of subminimum wage; Final Rule
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Miscellaneous program changes; Final Rule
These rules will formally publish in the Federal Register in the coming weeks and will be available on the Federal Register’s public inspection website at  For a preview of these documents, please visit, and
For more information and the most recent updates, please visit the Department of Labor’s WIOA landing page and the Innovation and Opportunity Network on WorkforceGPS (ION), which features technical assistance on strategies fundamental to WIOA implementation, such as customer-centered design, strategic boards, career pathways and sector strategies.  It will also host technical assistance specific to the regulations as it is available.  Use ION to find peer learning groups and calls, fact sheets, and details on training events.
Disclaimer: this regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending placement on public inspection at the OFR and publication in the Federal Register.  This version of the regulations may vary slightly from the published document if minor technical or formatting changes are made during the OFR review process.  Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation.

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August 26, 2016