Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page - Workforce Development & Adult Learning
Welcome to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Resource Page. Here you will find key information as the State of Maryland implements this important federal act. Stay current on Maryland’s implementation efforts by subscribing to Maryland’s WIOA Updates via GovDelivery.
WIOA - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Overview
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and became effective July 1, 2015. 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. WIOA is designed to help both jobseekers and businesses: WIOA addresses the needs of jobseekers through establishing a workforce system that helps them access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market; WIOA addresses businesses’ needs by matching them to the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Maryland’s State Combined Workforce Plan
Maryland’s WIOA State Plan is Governor Larry Hogan’s blueprint for the creation of an effective and efficient workforce system. Governor Hogan has directed the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), the Department of Human Resources (DHR), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to work collaboratively to develop a strategic and operational plan to include the following programs:
|WIOA State Plan Program||Core WIOA Program
as determined by law
|Additional WIOA Program
as determined by the Governor
|MD State Agency Responsible for Oversight|
|Dislocated Workforce Program||•||DLLR|
|Wagner-Peyser Act Program||•||DLLR|
|Adult Education & Family Literacy Act Program||•||DLLR|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Program||•||MSDE|
|Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program||•||DHR|
|Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program||•||DLLR|
|Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program||•||DLLR|
|Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program||•||N/A|
The inclusion of these key programs, in combination, will ensure that Maryland effectively leverages its existing resources to deliver outstanding customer service to workers and businesses that are vital to Maryland’s economic growth and prosperity. Key partners from these state agencies as well as representatives from the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and local workforce development areas, pursuant to the Governor’s charge, worked together to ensure that Maryland is poised to develop a WIOA compliant workforce system.
The Plan was approved by USDOL and the federal agencies implementing WIOA. In July 2016, National Skills Coalition highlighted Maryland’s Combined State Workforce Plan.
In order to ensure Maryland’s effective implementation of the requirements of the new federal law, Maryland is dedicated to developing and implementing proven best practices and strategies towards system improvement. As a part of the transition, DLLR convened nine WIOA workgroups comprised of subject matter experts and advocates from a variety of state and local agencies, community colleges, businesses, and key advocacy groups. By design, all workgroups are chaired by DLLR leadership staff and co-chaired by local leadership staff in an effort to ensure collaborative decision making.
Maryland’s Nine WIOA Workgroups
- Fiscal Accountability
- American Job Center Operations & Partnerships
- Youth Services & Partnerships
- Business & Industry Partnerships
- Performance Accountability
- Labor Market Information & Sector Strategies
- Adult Education & Career Pathways
Additional information regarding WIOA Workgroups
Maryland’s WIOA Convening
On July 21, 2016, delegations from Maryland’s twelve local workforce development areas met to review the State’s workforce plan, obtain final regulation guidance as WIOA is being implemented, and to formulate local plans. In April 2016, local and regional plan guidance was released.
Presentations from Maryland's WIOA Convening
Additional WIOA Resources
- Profile of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) Recipients
- USDOL’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Official Website for WIOA Information
- Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) Website regarding WIOA
- Submit comments and ideas on WIOA implementation
- Subscribe to receive WIOA Updates via GovDelivery