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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/ Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), an historic bipartisan piece of legislation reauthorizes and amends the Workforce Investment Act.

Key features of WIOA:

  • Eliminates 15 programs; 14 within WIA and one in higher education.
  • Applies one set of accountability metrics to every federal workforce program under the bill.
  • Requires states to produce one strategic plan on how they will provide training, employment services, adult education & vocational rehabilitation through a coordinated, comprehensive system.
  • Reduces the number of required members on state and local workforce boards.
  • Strengthens alignment between local workforce areas, labor markets and economic development regions.
  • Strengthens evaluation and data reporting requirements.
WIOA video overview from U.S. Department of Labor

More info on WIOA from U.S. Senator Patty Murray's office here.

Obama Job Training

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress, and invited guests, signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at the White House on July 22. He is flanked by Washington's U.S. Senator Patty Murray, who was instrumental in moving the legislation forward.
J. Scott Applewhite -- AP

Workforce Investment Act details
The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) replaced the Job Training Partnership Act in 1998 and became effective in Washington in 2000. The federal act provides a range of workforce development activities administered through the Employment Security Department and local area Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). The WDC link also includes the map of the 12 Workforce Development Areas and each region's strategic plan for workforce development. Get more information about Workforce Development Councils.

Those activities provide employment and training services designed to benefit employers, dislocated workers, and low-income youth. The Workforce Board serves as the state Workforce Investment Board (required by WIA) and manages the performance accountability for WIA-funded programs in Washington.

2013 - 2017 Workforce Integrated Plan Guidelines (November 15, 2012 approved) - For use by Workforce Development Councils and their workforce development partners in developing new local plans.

Other links referenced in the State Plan:

Federal Workforce Investment Act (Department of Labor website)

Questions about this state plan should be jointly directed by e-mail to Gary Kamimura at gkamimura@esd.wa.gov and to Terri Colbert at terri.colbert@wtb.wa.gov.

NEW- Entrepreneurship Report

A new report analyzes the ways Washington's WIA Title I-B funds are used to help WorkSource customers prepare for self-employment. The report includes programmatic challenges, observations and recommendations.

Washington's 2012-16 State Integrated Workforce Plan .






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