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WIOA Supersedes WIA: A Review of the Changes

2015

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, or the Act), which is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA supersedes titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As the largest single source of federal funding for workforce development programs, WIA has been connected to the Community Action Network by requiring some CAAs to partner with the WIA system. WIOA makes significant changes to its predecessor WIA and reauthorizes its programs through 2020. Some of WIOA’s changes are noteworthy for the Community Action network and this set of FAQs addresses the basics of what has changed—and what hasn’t.

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