On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama as Public Law 113-128. The new law was passed by both the House and Senate on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis. WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
WIOA includes "core" programs such as: (1) Adult, Dislocated and Youth formula programs administered by the US Department of Labor; (2) the Adult Education and Literacy program administered by the Department of Education (ED); (3) Wagner Peyser Employment Service administered by USDOL; and (4) programs under the Rehabilitation Act that provide services to individuals with disabilities administered by ED.
The majority of WIOA provisions become effective on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment. In addition, the WIA performance accountability section remains in effect for PY 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016), with the new WIOA performance accountability provisions taking effect in July of 2016.
The WIOA Title I-financially assisted program is an equal opportunity program. Discrimination in the WIOA Title I-financially assisted program is prohibited by Federal law. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.