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

Sep 12, 2014

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On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (P.L. 113-128) into law, formally overhauling and reauthorizing the expired Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.   President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) following swift passage and overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

As the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), state workforce agencies, local workforce areas, and other stakeholders prepare to implement the changes under WIOA, which takes effect July 1, 2015 at the start of Program Year 2015, NASWA has prepared this document to assist all stakeholders in the public workforce system to understand the changes between WIA and WIOA.

NASWA’s WIA & WIOA Side-by-Side compares the statutory language by each section between WIA and WIOA in two columns in order for readers to see what the changes are between the two laws.  In this document, NASWA has identified provisions in WIA that were not included or repealed in WIOA, provisions that were added to WIOA that were not originally apart of WIA, and areas where there are similarities between provisions in the two laws despite different statutory language.  A reference key has been placed at the bottom of each page for readers to identify what has been stuck, added, and changed. 

The document contains Titles I, III, and V covering the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs, the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, and the General Provisions covering administrative requirements within the law.  Bookmarks by WIOA section have been enabled for ease of navigation and can be accessed via the bookmark feature in any PDF reader. 

Any questions regarding the use of the document can be directed to NASWA Project Specialist Tim Griffith at