Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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.