Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. WIOA seeks to more fully integrate states' workforce and talent development systems to better serve employers and job seekers.

Wisconsin is currently in the midst of a two year phased implementation into WIOA, which supersedes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). As the state's federally-designated workforce agency, the Department of Workforce Development is tasked with implementation of the law. WIOA seeks to more fully integrate states' workforce and talent development systems to better serve employers and job seekers.

Individuals interested in receiving employment and training services through WIOA should contact their local Job Center about applying for the program.

WIOA State Administrators:

Title I – System Requirements (Examples of system requirements are those requirements impacting all titles of WIOA, including state and local plans, state and local boards, the performance accountability system, and the Job Center system) WI DWD- DET (Division of Employment and Training)
Title I-B Programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth)
Title II – Adult Basic Education and English Language Learner Programs Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
Title III – Wagner-Peyser
(Wisconsin's Public Labor Exchange:
Title IV – Vocational Rehabilitation Services DWD-DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation)
Contact: Delora Newton or Diana Kiesling

WIOA State Plan

Wisconsin WIOA State Plan Modification, 2018

Public Comment on WIOA State Plan Modification - Public Comment Period Is Closed

Wisconsin's 2016-2019 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan, developed in consultation with the state's workforce partners, outlines the four-year strategic plan for the state's workforce development system.

Wisconsin must submit a two-year state plan modification for Program Years (PYs) 18 and 19 to the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED).

Modifications to the state plan are open for public comment through February 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST. Comments may be emailed to

The modified plan and a summary of modifications are found here.

Wisconsin WIOA Combined State Plan, 2016

Wisconsin State Plan cover

An alternative format for all 50 states can be accessed on the U.S. Department of Education website,
or for further assistance with Wisconsin's State Plan, contact

WIOA Final Regulations/ Joint Rule:

WIOA Monitoring:

WIOA System Information:

WIOA Fact Sheets:

WIOA Title I-B Programs:

WIOA Self-sufficiency

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