Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The basics of WIOA

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) details the delivery of federally funded employment services, workforce development, basic education for adults, and vocational rehabilitation activities for people with disabilities.

Most WIOA provisions became effective in July 2015 with additional requirements set for July 2016.

WIOA replaces the current Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998, the Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The goal of WIOA

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 the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

Learn more about WIOA

Read the Washington state overview of WIOA (PDF)

For more information, see the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board’s web page, which features the WIOA state and local plans.