Congress enacted the
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on August 7th, 1998 as comprehensive legislation
superseding the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), amending Wagner-Peyser,
and encompassing the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the
Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.
The WIA's enactment capped a seven year bi-partisan effort to consolidate and streamline national employment and training programs. The Act codifies a comprehensive "One-Stop System" approach to employment and training through existing workforce development program consolidation and incorporation, Individual Training Account provision, and State/Local performance accountability system establishment. The Act comprehensively detailed State and Local governance, One-Stop system establishment, Adult and Dislocated Worker activities, Youth Activities, Statewide Activities, and Administrative requirements.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Federal Cost Principles, and Federal Uniform Administrative Requirements constitute the major federal legislation addressing workforce development. Taken together, these rules and regulations provide the framework for developing One-Stop systems and establishing appropriate operational parameters.
The WIA grant closed on June 30, 2015. President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014; thereby repealing and replacing WIA. WIOA replaces titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1988 and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment.
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