Signing WIOA into Law
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority. It was the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years.
WIOA replaced the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The new Act took effect on July 1, 2015.
The purpose of WIOA is to better align the workforce system with education and economic development in an effort to create a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels.WIOA preserves the nation’s current program infrastructure allowing continuity in the delivery of federally-funded employment services, workforce development, as well as basic education for adults, and vocational rehabilitation activities.
The goal of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet skills requirements of employers, and enhance productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
To be more involved with your local workforce development, you can volunteer to be a committee member. More information can be found here or by calling Deborah Howell, Chief Operations Officer at 253.254.7618.