DOL and the Education Dept. release final rules to implement the reauthorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which are meant to expand employment opportunities for the underserved, job seekers and disconnected youth.
Effective Date: Aug. 30.
The rules reflect input from employers and community leaders and details what the goals of a modern, agile and effective workforce should be and how partners can work to achieve those goals. These rules aim to spur growth in local and regional economies; streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies; and strengthen collaboration.
The WIOA Final Rules include reforms that will affect more than a dozen programs receiving $10 billion in annual training and education funding and programs that serve approximately 20 million each year. This includes: WIOA adult, dislocated worker, and youth, Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service, Job Corps, National Farmworker Jobs Programs (NFJP), Trade Adjustment Assistance, YouthBuild, Indian and Native American (INA) grantees, and the Jobs for Veterans’ State Grant .
President Obama signed WIOA on July 22, 2014, after it received bipartisan congressional support. The law provides a long-term vision for American job growth and builds on previous milestones.
“These new rules are an important step forward to improve and streamline the current workforce system and a real opportunity to meet the growing needs of workers and job seekers,” said Education Secy. John King. “I am especially pleased that these rules strengthen education and workforce partnerships to reinforce the importance of education and training in promoting better jobs for students.”
The new regulations strengthen accountability and transparency; increase access to work-based learning tools, such as apprenticeships; improve relationships with employers, including through sector partnerships; and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions. They also improve access to education and workforce services for individuals with significant barriers to employment—such as disconnected youth—to help them find good work.
The final regulations include a joint rule implementing jointly-administered state planning, performance accountability and one-stop delivery system requirements.
State plans must describe state’s strategic vision and goals for developing its workforce and meeting employer needs in order to support economic growth and economic self-sufficiency. To that end, the state must describe its goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce, including preparing youth. Further, the WIOA State Plan requires the state to assure that the state obtained input into the development of the Unified or Combined State Plan and provided an opportunity for comment on the plan by primary stakeholders, including organizations that provide services to individuals with barriers to employment and underserved youths.
The five rules generated more than 2,800 public comments during the open comment period.
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