WIOA Passes!

Last week, the U.S. the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bipartisan, bicameral legislation reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on a bipartisan basis, 415-6. The legislation, authored by Senators Harkin, Alexander, Murray, and Isakson and Representatives Kline, Miller, Foxx, and Hinojosa, was previously approved overwhelmingly by the Senate, 95-3.

Read a summary analysis of WIOA  here.

TheWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, provides supports to people with disabilities to enter and remain in competitive, integrated job settings, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete.WIOA’s passage will generate a substantial amount of implementation work at both the state and federal levels.

It has been 16 years since WIA was initially passed, and 11 since it was due to be reauthorized. This is an important step to modernize our nation’s workforce system and ensure that all U.S. workers and businesses have the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.