As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Public Law 113-128, the Wyoming Workforce Development Council has been reappointed in-line with Governor Matthew H. Mead's Executive Order 2015-5.

WIOA was written "to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth, and for other purposes."

WIOA authorizes and brings together the following core programs:

  • Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers and youth;
  • Wagner-Peyser employment services;
  • Adult education and literacy programs; and
  • Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment

Workforce Investment Act & Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Side-by-Side from NASWA

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have issued five rules implementing WIOA. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

On August 19, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education announce the publication of the WIOA final rules in the Federal Register: