WIOA Final Rule
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: September 7, 2016
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: WIOA Final Rule
On August 19, 2016, the Department of Labor and the Department of Education issued a joint Final Rule to implement regulations that determine the activities authorized by title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law on July 22, 2014. Additionally, the Department of Labor through its Employment and Training Administration has issued their Final Rule, which addresses titles I and III of WIOA and their program regulations. Both Final Rules are effective October 18, 2016.
Federal funding is authorized under WIOA title I for coordinated actions and services performed in support of the child support program as defined in 20 CFR 680.140 (b)(3)(i), “Employment and training activities in coordination with child support enforcement activities, as well as child support services and assistance activities, of the State and local agencies carrying out Part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.” The regulations address funding for programs for dislocated workers, including job seeker services, through a one-stop delivery system that provides career and training services. Fact sheets and other resources are available on the DOL website, https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/.
These regulations enable both Departments to implement workforce education and employment system reforms with the aim of strengthening the nation's public workforce. Additionally, these regulations impact the child support program in a number of ways, including the availability of services to assist unemployed and under-employed individuals with job training and employment support services and referrals to assistance programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Unemployment Insurance (UI), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers