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Federal Policy > Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), replacing the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) as the largest single source of federal funding for workforce development activities. WIA established a universal access system of one-stop career centers, which provide access to training and employment services for a range of workers, including low-income adults, low-income youth and dislocated workers.

On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law, reauthorizing WIA for six years, from 2015 through 2020. WIOA opens the door to states’ greater use of sector partnerships and career pathway models and includes higher levels of accountability and outcome data reporting.

This page contains overview materials on WIOA, as well as news, analysis, and recommendations for implementation developed by the National Skills Coalition. 

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