The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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Overview

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Obama in July 2014. WIOA is the legislation that authorizes six workforce development programs, which are considered “core” programs under the act. These programs include:

  1. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VR)
  2. WIOA Title I Adult Program
  3. WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker Program
  4. WIOA Title I Youth Program
  5. Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program
  6. Wagner-Peyser Act Program

Each state is required to submit a WIOA plan to the federal government, which outlines the vision and goals of its workforce development system as a whole, as well as specifying how each of the programs authorized under WIOA will operate and deliver services over the next four (4) years.

The purpose of this publication is to provide a guide for review of WIOA state plans. Prior to submission to the federal government, states must make plans available for comment by the full range of stakeholders and the general public, and make the plan available and accessible to the general public. If the comment period for a state has not yet closed, this guide can provide assistance in the development of comments. If the state has already submitted its plan, this guide can still be used to understand and analyze the state’s intentions and priorities in implementation of WIOA.

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WIOA State Plan Status

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are required to submit a plan to the US Department of Labor by April 1, 2016. (This date has been extended from the original due date of March 3, 2016.)

Each state is required to issue a draft plan for public comment. The chart below indicates the status of each state’s plan, including a link to the plan (if available), and the date comments are due.  

If the deadline for comments for your state’s plan has not already passed, consider providing comments. If the deadline has already passed, the plan is still worth reviewing to identify your state’s intentions for implementation of WIOA.

If you are aware of the availability of a plan from a state for which information is not listed, please email David Hoff at david.hoff@umb.edu.

 
State Link to Plan Comments Due By
Alabama Alabama WIOA Plan March 23, 2016
Alaska Alaska WIOA Plan February 23, 2015
Arizona Arizona WIOA Plan March 6, 2016
Arkansas Arkansas WIOA Plan March 10, 2016
California California WIOA Plan January 15, 2016
Colorado Colorado WIOA Plan February 9, 2016
Connecticut Connecticut WIOA Plan February 1, 2016
Delaware Delaware WIOA Plan January 26, 2016
District of Columbia DC WIOA Plan  
Florida Florida WIOA Plan N/A
Georgia Georgia WIOA Plan December 20, 2015
Hawaii Hawaii WIOA Plan March 21
Idaho Idaho WIOA Plan February 19, 2016
Illinois Illinois WIOA Plan February 24, 2016
Indiana Indiana WIOA Plan December 23, 2015
Iowa Iowa WIOA Plan February 21, 2016
Kansas Kansas WIOA Plan January 15, 2016
Kentucky Kentucky WIOA Plan March 17, 2016
Louisiana Louisiana WIOA Plan March 30, 2016
Maine Maine WIOA Plan February 12, 2016
Maryland Maryland WIOA Plan February 8, 2016
Massachusetts Massachusetts WIOA Plan February 22 2016
Michigan Michigan WIOA Plan January 31, 2016
Minnesota Minnesota WIOA Plan February 24, 2016
Mississippi Mississippi WIOA Plan Plan submitted 11/15
Missouri Missouri WIOA Plan January 11, 2016
Montana Montana WIOA Plan February 19, 2016
Nebraska Nebraska WIOA Plan February 18, 2016
Nevada Nevada WIOA Plan February 8, 2016
New Hampshire New Hampshire WIOA Plan January 4, 2016
New Jersey New Jersey WIOA Plan March 28, 2016
New Mexico New Mexico WIOA Plan February 12, 2015
New York New York WIOA Plan  
North Carolina North Carolina WIOA Plan February 16, 2016
North Dakota North Dakota WIOA Plan February 8, 2016
Ohio Ohio WIOA Plan February 9, 2016
Oklahoma Oklahoma WIOA Plan March 1, 2016
Oregon Oregon WIOA Plan January 23, 2016
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania WIOA Plan February 1, 2016
Rhode Island Rhode Island WIOA Plan March 16, 2016
South Carolina South Carolina WIOA Plan March 18, 2016
South Dakota South Dakota WIOA Plan February 12, 2016
Tennessee Tennessee WIOA Plan March 18, 2016
Texas Texas WIOA Plan December 4, 2015
Utah Utah WIOA Plan February 23, 2016
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Vermont Vermont WIOA Plan March 30, 2016
Virginia Virginia WIOA Plan March 14, 2016
Washington Washington WIOA Plan February 9, 2016
West Virginia West Virginia WIOA Plan January 19, 2016
Wisconsin Wisconsin WIOA Plan January 13, 2016
Wyoming Wyoming WIOA Plan March 31, 2016