WIOA Resource Guide

General WIOA Information


This short Q+A from September 2015, written before the full regulations cited below were published, offers a basic introduction to the Act for CAAs.

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The Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act of 2014

Note: This links to a PDF version of the entire WIOA statute—known as the “public law”—that is nearly 300 pages long and establishes requirements that are codified in multiple places in the federal United States Code (USC).

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WIOA Regulations

This website of the federal Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides links to all of the WIOA regulations, which includes joint DOL-Department of Education regulations, DOL-only regulations, and several others. All of the regulations linked to are PDF versions of the “Final Rule,” which is the official publication of the regulation in the Federal Register. The first section of each Final Rule PDF is what is known as the “preamble,” which provides history, background, and explanation of the development and implementation of the regulation.

  • 20 C.F.R Part 687 is the section of WIOA regulations that is likely to be most relevant to CAAs. The regulations are written in question and answer format and address such issues as: What is the one-stop delivery system? Who are the required one-stop partners? What are the roles and responsibilities of the required one-stop partners? How must the Memorandum of Understanding be negotiated? What are the one-stop infrastructure costs? and How are infrastructure costs funded?

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TNAF/WIOA Resource Hub

The TANF/WIOA Resource Hub from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was developed in response to WIOA and “offers an opportunity for significant and improved collaboration between workforce agencies and partners such as TANF.” The Hub aims to explore strategies for successful integration of TANF and workforce programs. The site includes technical assistance, a resource library, peer connections, and an online learning center with training modules, events, and webinars.

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Official Guidance

WIOA Fact Sheets

This DOL website offers several facts sheets, all under 5 pages, offering basic overviews of WIOA law and regulations.

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WIOA Regulations Quick Reference Guide

This PDF is an outline of the joint DOL-Education regulations. There is no commentary or analysis but this guide can help navigate the complex and lengthy regulations.

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WIOA Advisories

This page complies all of the official DOL advisories, such as Training and Employment Notices (TENs) and Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGLs), covering topics such as performance report submission deadlines, funding levels and allotments, and program implementation guidance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are updated on an ongoing basis, with the last update in August 2016, and covers a range of general and specific WIOA topics, such as: Can you tell us more about WIOA’s requirements governing the payment of infrastructure costs under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) funding agreements? What happens if the local areas fail to reach an agreement for funding the American Job Center system in PY 2016? How did the Final Rules update non-discrimination policies? Can you explain more about the new WIOA joint performance accountability requirements? and Where should I direct questions about the performance accountability and reporting requirements under WIOA?

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This resource was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0441-02. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.