Congress Reaches Agreement on Workforce Reauthorization
On May 21, 2014, the House and Senate announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA, P.L. 105-220). The agreement eliminates 15 current workforce programs, sets authorized funding levels for WIA formula grant programs, maintains the 15% set-aside for governors to address state-determined workforce needs, and includes several other provisions that guide state workforce boards and programs. In addition, the agreement reauthorizes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of P.L. 105-220) and makes amendments to programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-112). This Issue Brief summarizes the provisions of importance to states included in the agreement.