WIOA Fact Sheet
Key Statutorily Required Implementation Dates
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act- Minnesota’s
Approach to Implementation
The Department of Employment and
Economic Development and the Governor's Workforce
Development Council have engaged local boards and local
elected officials, through the Minnesota Workforce
Council Association; and stage agency leaders who
oversee the 13 required federal titles to be a part of
the process of defining our needs and designing our
approaches to implementing WIOA.
Information about implementation
efforts and work group activities are compiled on the
Workforce Development Council Website.
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on
July 22, 2014. WIOA 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. Congress passed the Act by a wide
bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform
in 15 years of the public workforce system.
Every year the key programs that form the pillars of
WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to
connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and
credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA
provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American
Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs
of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are
available now and in the future.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and
amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the
Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the
first full program year after enactment, unless
otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will
issue further guidance on the timeframes for
implementation of these changes and proposed regulations
reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.
WIOA State and Local Readiness Assessment Tools
DOLETA will be conducting state and local area
implementation readiness consultations to gain an
understanding of technical assistance needs as WIOA is
implemented and has created the below tools to assist
DOLETA staff in that process.