Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

What is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?

  • First update to federal workforce law in 16 years
  • Replaces the Workforce Investment Act
  • Amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Six year life - 2016 - 2020
  • Most provisions effective July 1, 2015

WIOA Grants

RFA for Older Worker Program Sub-grants for Program Years 2017 & 2018
DWD was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) grant. Indiana’s senior community, SCSEP, aims to improve training and employment opportunities and outcomes for adults, 55 and older with barriers who are unemployed or underemployed. The grant supports extensive collaboration across multiple workforce and social service systems, including vocational rehabilitation, mental health, intellectual/developmental disability agencies, independent living centers, business leadership networks, and other community and nonprofit organizations.

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Timeline:

  • April 7, 2017: Deadline to Submit Questions
  • April 14, 2017: Questions & Responses posted
  • April 21, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. (EDT): Submission Due Date for Applications
  • May 5, 2017: Anticipated Notice of Award Date

Policies and Official Communications (Memos, TABS, Manuals)

 
Policy Title Date
Memo Interim Guidance for the Competitive Procurement of One-stop Operators 5-11-16
Memo Local Plan Presentation Guidance 5-11-16
Memo Program Year 2016 (PY16) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Formula Allocation 5-4-16
Memo Memoranda of Understanding and Shared Infrastructure Costs 4-15-16
Policy 2015-4
* amended 3/16/16

- Attachment A
- Attachment B

Local and Regional Plan Instructions for Workforce Development Boards 2-22-16

*3-16-16

Memo Interim Guidance on WIOA Title I Youth Work Experience 12-17-15
Memo Interim Guidance on WIOA Title I Youth Program Elements 12-17-15
Memo Interim Guidance on Eligibility and Data Validation, Except Youth and Adult Education - Version 3 12-2-15
Memo Interim Guidance on Youth Eligibility and Data Validation - Version 2 12-2-15
Memo Workforce Policy Formation 8-17-15
Memo Interim Guidance on the Delivery of WIOA Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker Services and the
Impact on Participation and Exit Dates
7-2-15
Memo Interim Guidance on WIOA Title I Adult Priority of Service 7-2-15
Memo Implementing WIOA; Adult Education policies 6-23-15
Memo Implementing WIOA: Eligible Training Provider List 6-23-15
Policy 134 - P1 On-the-Job Training Guidelines under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 6-9-15
Policy 181 - P1 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Participant Drug Screening 6-8-15
Memo Implementing WIOA; State-Level Policy and Required Local Policy 6-8-15
Memo Addendum to Local Plan for PY 15 6-3-15
Memo

*Amended

Program Year 2015 (PY15) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Formula Allocation 5-21-15

*6-12-15

Policy 107 - P1 Local Workforce Development Board Certification 4-17-15
Policy 107 - P2 Definition of Unit of General Local Government, Designation of Regional Chief Elected Official, 
and Content of CEO Agreement
4-17-15
Policy 107 - P3 Policy Guidance for Local Workforce Development Board Functions 4-17-15

 

Public Comment for ETPL Eligibility & Establishment

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the state to develop a process for training providers to apply and be selected for inclusion on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL). The ETPL is a statewide list of providers that have been deemed eligible by the state to receive WIOA training funds. This statewide list ensures accountability, quality, and labor-market relevance of training programs that receive WIOA funds. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), acting on behalf of the state, has developed this procedure and described it in the attached ETPL Policy (“Attachment A”).

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations require the state to provide an opportunity for interested members of the public, including representatives of business and labor organizations, to submit comments on the state’s procedure for determining the eligibility of training providers to be included on the ETPL. [§ 680.440]

Public notice was issued for interested members to comment by November 21, 2016 on the state’s eligible training provider eligibility procedures described in the ETPL policy. DWD also held a hearing for public comment on October 26, 2016 at 10:30am at the DWD central office in Indianapolis.

Local Four-Year Plans

WIOA requires Workforce Development Boards (WDB), in partnership with the local chief elected official, to develop and submit a comprehensive four-year local plan to the state for approval. The plan must address current and future strategies and efficiencies to advance the continuing modernization of the workforce system and the creation of a customer-centered system. It must also support the strategy described in the State Plan and be consistent with the State Plan.

Resources

Have Questions?

Contact policy@dwd.in.gov with questions or for more information.