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Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Federal and State Resources

WIOA Final Rules

On August 19, 2016, the Employment & Training Administration (ETA) – U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Federal Register published the official WIOA Final Rules. The final rules include the following five sections: the Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions DOL Only Final Rule; Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of WIOA) Final Rule; State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Sub-minimum Wage Final Rule; and WIOA Miscellaneous Program Changes Final Rule.

US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration WIOA Final Rules Resource Page

WIOA Final Rules Quick Review

Overview

On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, a bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation that reauthorizes federal workforce development and job training programs for the next six years. 

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the nation’s largest single source of federal funding for workforce development activities, had been due for reauthorization since 2003. The passage of the new WIOA legislation authorizes Congress to fund federal workforce programs between fiscal years 2015-2020.

WIOA does not make drastic structural changes to the workforce system, but does include provisions that will streamline programs, strengthen the emphasis on serving local employers, increase the transparency of training providers, and create more consistent performance accountability standards. While it does not consolidate funding streams into block grants to states, the act eliminated 15 workforce programs, most of which have not been funded in recent years. It restores the state set-aside to 15 percent, and includes a 90 percent hold harmless provision for adult and youth programs to help protect against wide variations in annual funding levels due to the formula. 

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Final

PA WIOA Combined State Plan – Public Comments

PA Workforce System Deadlines

March 1, 2016

Local Designation Letter submission deadline (WSG No. 02-2014- Process and Timeline for Designation of Pennsylvania’s Local Workforce Development Areas)

March 23, 2016

Deadline for a new or updated local Priority of Service policy (WSP No. 05-2015 – Priority of Service)

April 1, 2016

Deadline for states to submit state plans to USDOL (previously March 3rd)

June 2, 2016

Local and Regional Plan Submission Deadline (Workforce System Guidance No. 05-2015 (Change 1), (February 29, 2015) Regional and Local Planning)

June 30, 2016

Eligible Training Programs/Providers on the ETPL will remain on the ETPL until this date. This date was extended from December 31, 2015 in TEGL 41-14 Change 1. (WSG No. 01-2015 – Transition Provisions)

July 1, 2016

Any request for a new area designation will take effect. (WSG No. 02-2015 – Process and Timeline for Designation…)

July 1, 2016

LWDBS must have copies of the compliance components/documents provided for in Section 5, page 17 of WSG No. 05-2015 – Regional and Local Planning (Change 1)

July 1, 2016  – August 31, 2017

ETPL Program Year for Initial and Continued Eligibility. (WSP No. 04-2015 – Eligible Training Providers)

November 11, 2016 (90 days after the publication of the WIOA Final Rule)

The date by which Local WDBs must demonstrate they are preparing for the one-stop operator competition process. (WIOA Joint Final Rule, Section 678.635, Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 161, p. 55901)

The date by which one-stop centers are required to:

  • brand all of their primary electronic resources; and
  • not create, print or purchase any new products and materials that do not comply with the new branding requirements. (WIOA Joint Final Rule, Section 678.900, Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 161, p. 55919)

July 1, 2017

One-stop center re-branding of activities, physical products, and signage must be complete. (WIOA Joint Final Rule, Section 678.900, Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 161, p. 55919)

September 1, 2017

Beginning of the first ETPL eligibility period post WIA transition period. (WSP No. 04-2015 – Eligible Training Providers)

June 30, 2017

Competitively procured PA CareerLink® center operators must be in place. (WSG No. 01-2015, Implementation of the WIOA – Transition Provisions)

July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 and July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Initial Local Area Designation Period (WIOA Labor Only, Section 679.260, Final Rule, Vol. 81, No. 161)

June 30, 2018 and thereafter

Subsequent Local Area Designation Period (WIOA Labor Only, Section 679.260, Final Rule, Vol. 81, No. 161)

Relevant State Workforce System Guidance & Policies

Workforce System Policy No. 121-05 (June 7, 2017) Local Workforce Delivery System – PA CareerLink Certification and Continuous Improvement

Workforce System Policy No. 108-01, (May 5, 2017) Regional Local Planning – Multi-Year Plans

Workforce System Policy No. 21-04, (February 27, 2017) Local Workforce Delivery System – PA CareerLink System Operator

Workforce System Policy No. 184-02, (October 20, 2016) Sanctions—Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Workforce System Policy No. 07-2015, (April 14, 2016) Oversight – Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Workforce System Policy No. 06-2015, (April 7, 2016) Training Expenditure Targets and Definitions of Types of Training for Benchmarks

Workforce System Guidance No. 06- 2015, (April 1, 2016) Incumbent Worker Training Activities

Workforce System Guidance No. 05-2015 (Change 1), (February 29, 2015) Regional and Local Planning

Workforce System Guidance No. 05-2015, (December 23, 2015) Regional and Local Planning (Rescinded)

Workforce System Policy No. 05-2015, (December 23, 2015) Priority of Service

Workforce System Policy No. 04-2015, (December 23, 2015) Eligible Training Providers

Workforce System Guidance No. 04-2015, (December 23, 2015) Self-Certification & Telephone/Document Inspection Verification

Workforce System Guidance No. 03-2015, (December 23, 2015) Youth Eligibility Requirements

Workforce System Policy No. 03-2015, (December 22, 2015) Financial Management Policy

Workforce System Policy No. 02-2015, (December 18, 2015) Local Governance Policy

Workforce System Policy No. 01-2015, (September 25, 2015) PA’s Workforce System of Record

Workforce System Guidance No. 02-2015, (July 22, 2015) Eligible Training Providers (Rescinded)

Workforce System Guidance No. 01-2015 (July 9, 2015) WIOA Transition & Operator Procurement

Workforce System Guidance No. 02-2014, (June 30, 2015) Local Workforce Development Area Designation

Workforce System Guidance No. 01-2014, (May 28, 2015) Technical assistance to local boards transitioning from WIA to WIOA

Additional workforce policies and guidances

 Relevant TEGLs Issued by U.S. Department of Labor

TEGL No. 27-16 – Training and Employment Guidance Letter

TEGL No. 16-16 – One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network

TEGL No. 17-16 – Infrastructure Funding of the One-Stop Delivery System

TEGL No. 15-16 – Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators

TEGL No. 10-16 – Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III, and Title IV Core Programs

TEGL No. 09-16 – Updated Information on POWER Initiative National Dislocated Worker Grants

TEGL No. 08-16 – Supporting Unemployment Insurance Beneficiaries Seeking Postsecondary Education or Training

TEN No. 42-15, Change 1, (August 19, 2016) Announcing the Publication and Effective Dates of the WIOA Final Rules  in the Federal Register on August 19, 2016

TEN No. 07-16, (August 17, 2016) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Advisory Checklists Update

TEGL No. 06-16, (August 17, 2016) Guidance for WIOA Employment Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) Alternative Application Submission Pilot

TEN No. 04-16, (July 27,2016) Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers

TEN No. 03-16, Change 1 (July 27, 2016) Employment and Training Administration’s Toll Free Help Line

TEGL No. 02-16, (July 14, 2016) Revised ETA-9130 Financial Report, Instructions, and Additional Guidance

TEGL No. 26-15, (June 29, 2016) Negotiating Performance Goals for the WIOA Title I Programs and the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service as amended by Title III, for PY 2016 and PY 2017

TEN No. 41-15, (June16, 2016) Announcement of the Institutional Analysis of American Job Centers

TEGL No. 23-15, (May 16, 2016) The Process for Making High Risk Determinations after Award and the Associated Risk Mitigation Procedures

TEGL No. 17-15, (April 5, 2016) WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Activities Program Allotments for Program Year PY 2016

TEGL No 14-15, (March 4, 2016) WIOA Requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans

TEGL No. 16-15, (November 23, 2015) Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth

TEGL No. 08-15, (November 17, 2015) Additional Youth Guidance

TEN No. 10-15 (September 17, 2015) WIOA Technical Amendments Act

TEGL No. 29-14, (September 1, 2015) Update to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Activities Program Allotments for Program Year (PY) 2015; Final PY 2015 Allotments for the Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service Program Allotments; and Workforce Information Grants to States Allotments for PY 2015

TEGL No. 8-15 (November 17,2015) Second Title 1 WIOA Youth Program Transition Guidance

TEN No. 8-15 (November 17, 2015) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Technical Amendments Act

TEGL No. 04-15, (August 13, 2015) Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the WIOA

Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 20-15, (August 13, 2015) Unemployment Insurance and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

TEGL No. 01-15, (July 01, 2015) Operations Guidance Regarding the Impact of WIOA Implementation on Waivers Approved Under the WIA

TEGL No. 2-15, (July 01, 2015) Operational Guidance for National Dislocated Worker Grants

TEGL No. 3-15, (July 01, 2015) Guidance on Services Provided through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program

TEGL No. 41-14, (June 26, 2015) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or Opportunity Act) Title I Training Provider Eligibility Transition

TEGL No. 38-14, (June 08, 2015) Operational Guidance to Support the Orderly Transition of Workforce Investment Act Participants, Funds, and Subrecipient Contracts

TEGL No. 37-14 (May 29, 2015) Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Requirements: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Stereotyping are Prohibited Forms of Sex Discrimination in the Workforce Development System

TEGL No. 36-14 (May 26, 2015) PY 2015 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 166 Funding Allocations and the Extension of Grantee Strategic Plans

TEGL No. 35-14 (May 22, 2015) Operating Guidance for National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) Employment and Training and Housing Grantees

TEGL No. 34-14 (May 11, 2015) WIOA Transition Authority Allotment of Program Year (PY) 2014 Dislocated Worker National Reserve Funds for WIOA Implementation Activities

TEGL No. 30-14, (April 28, 2015) Negotiating or Extending Performance Goals for the WIA Title IB Programs and Wagner-Peyser Act Funded Activities for Program Year (PY) 2015

TEGL No. 27-14, (April 15, 2015) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions

TEGL No. 23-14, (March 26, 2015) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Transition

TEGL No. 19-14, (February 19, 2015) Vision for the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Other Resources and Analysis

“How WIOA Performance Data Works” Infographic

National Skills Coalition submits comments on required elements of WIOA unified or combined state plans (Sept. 15, 2015)

WIOA Bill Text

WIOA Overview

Signed WIOA Managers’ Statement 

Side by Side Comparison of WIOA to WIA – National Skills Coalition

WIOA Resource page – U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Key Statutorily-Required Implementation Dates

Unpacking WIOA – Webinar by National Skills Coalition

A Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans – National Skills Coalition

What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence – U.S. Department of Labor, et al.

Potential Impact of WIOA on One-Stop Centers by Greg Newton Associates

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 3-14 – U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-14 – U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

USDOL Webinar: An Introduction to Key Provisions in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Titles I and III 

 

PA Workforce Development Association