Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Information
On July 22, 2014 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. This landmark federal legislation makes significant changes to vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in California and across the United States.
WIOA, which replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, and support services to succeed in the modern labor market. The law will also encourage workforce development programs to help match employers with skilled workers needed to compete in the global economy.
To help you stay up-to-date on WIOA, we have created this section on DOR's website to share information, as it is known and available.
If you have comments on DOR's implementation of WIOA, please contact us at WIOA@dor.ca.gov.
If you would like to contact the federal government directly, please email RSA.WIOA@ed.gov.
What's Different in Federal Law?
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) has identified changes in vocational rehabilitation through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Select the following link for a summary of Vocational Rehabilitation changes: WIOA Side-by-Side High Level Comparison
For more information on WIOA including an advance posting of the final rules and additional resources from our Federal Partners, please visit the links below.
What's Different in the Federal Regulations?
On August 19, 2016 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) final regulations were published in the Federal Registrar and are available at Final Rules Resources.
Preliminary Review of Proposed Federal Regulations:
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) has completed a preliminary review of the proposed federal regulations. Select the following link for a summary of our preliminary review:
On November 16, 2015, the Administration for Community Living published proposed regulations for Independent Living (IL) programs in the Federal Register. The proposed regulations affecting individuals receiving services from Independent Living Centers are available in PDF format at the link below:
The Department of Rehabilitation has completed a preliminary review of the Independent Living proposed federal regulations. Select the following link for a summary of our preliminary review of the Independent Living proposed federal regulations:
Powerpoint for May 11, 2015 Webinar - Federal Regulations Public Forum:
DOR's Comments on Federal WIOA Regulations:
After receiving input from our stakeholders including, individuals eligible for our services, employees, stakeholders, the State Rehabilitation Council and other advisory bodies, provider organizations, and employers, the California Department of Rehabilitation has developed and submitted the following comments on the WIOA proposed regulations:
The California Department of Rehabilitation comments on: Joint Department of Labor and Department of Education Regulations Package on Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability and the One Stop System (Word)
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