From the AskEARN Reference Desk: “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, with the aims of: helping job seekers access education, training and support services necessary for success in the 21st century labor market, and matching employers with skilled workers needed for global economic competition.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends existing laws, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which authorizes the vocational rehabilitation program.
The Act will take effect on July 1, 2015. The Department of Labor (DOL) will be issuing guidance on implementation timelines, new regulations, and resources for states, local programs, grantees and stakeholders. For more information, see the DOL’s Information Page, or the Department of Education’s WIOA Resource Page. WIOA was enacted to address certain problems facing the U.S. workforce, including significant projected shortages in the necessary numbers of workers with postsecondary education, and lack of workforce participation by individuals with disabilities.”