Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  

Overview | WIOA Law | WIOA Assessment Tools | Side by Sides | Federal Resources | Other Resources | Events & Webinars


WIOA Fact Sheet

WIOA Overview

Key Statutorily Required Implementation Dates

MWCA DRAFT Recommendations

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 Governor’s 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.

Side by Sides

Other Resources

Federal Resources

Agencies/Related Guidance

White House Resources

Events & Webinars

Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration (DOLETA) held a series of online stakeholder consultation events from mid-August through mid-September.

Recorded sessions and materials are available on the Workforce3One website: 

DOLETA Region V Town Hall Meeting

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