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Workforce Investment Act Information

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 | Plan Approval Letter | Plan | Waivers | Eligibility Guidelines | Q & A | Reports
Board Planning Guidelines | Training Providers | Youth Activities | Data Validation | Resources | Related Web Sites | Grandfather Provisions

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) reformed federal employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs by creating an integrated "one-stop" system of workforce investment and education services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.

The Texas workforce system comprises 28 local workforce development areas (workforce areas). Each workforce area utilizes a network of over 280 Workforce Solutions offices and satellite offices statewide to provide services to employers and job seekers.

bullet dotThe Workforce Investment Act (Public Law 105-220)

The full text of the Workforce Investment Act, signed into law on August 7, 1998 by President Clinton.

bullet dotWIA Title I Final Rule

Downloads available -- cover letter and comments on the WIA Final Rule submitted by the Texas Workforce Commission to the United States Department of Labor July 14, 1999.


State Workforce Investment Plan Approval Letter

bullet dotUS Department of Labor Approval of Texas' WIA State Plan (PDF)

State Workforce Investment Plan

bullet dotStrategic State Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner Peyser Act for Program Years 2012-2016


Waivers

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides authority for the Secretary of Labor to waive statutory and regulatory requirements of WIA and the Wagner-Peyser Act. The Texas Workforce Commission has sought and received waivers from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding certain WIA requirements. The intent of the waivers is to provide Local Workforce Development Boards and the State of Texas the greatest flexibility possible to design and deliver services that meet the needs of employers and job seekers. The Guidelines for Implementing Workforce Investment Act Waivers were released by WD Letter 11-13 (PDF).

bullet dotComplete List of Approved Waivers
bullet dotGuidelines for Implementing Workforce Investment Act Waivers (PDF)


Texas WIA Eligibility Guidelines

The Guidelines for Determining Workforce Investment Act Eligibility (WIA Eligibility Guidelines), released by WD Letter 32-03, Change 4, contain policies and procedures for completing WIA eligibility for customers.

bullet dotWIA Eligibility Guidelines (PDF)

In addition, following are links to the WIA Eligibility Guidelines Desk References, which will be updated online, as needed:


WIA Questions and Answers

bullet dotQuestions and Answers about the Workforce Investment Act


Workforce Investment Act: Program Year Reports

bullet dotWorkforce Investment Act: Program Year 2012 Annual Report (PDF)

bullet dotWorkforce Investment Act: Program Year 2011 Annual Report (PDF)

bullet dotWorkforce Investment Act: Program Year 2010 Annual Report (PDF)


Local Workforce Development Board
Planning Guidelines

bullet dotLocal Workforce Development Board Planning Guidelines


Statewide List of Certified Training Providers

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 requires training providers to apply for certification to receive WIA funds and to be included on the Statewide List of Certified Training Providers. General information and instructions for accessing the Statewide List of Certified Training Providers are provided here.

bullet dotStatewide List of Certified Training Providers


Youth Activities Provider List

Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) identify providers of youth activities by awarding grants/contracts on a competitive basis and based on the recommendations of the LWDB's Youth Council. The statewide directory of youth providers is arranged by Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDAs) and will be updated on a regular basis to include additional providers as information becomes available.

bullet dotYouth Activities Provider List (PDF)


Data Validation Resource Document

To ensure that data validation requirements fit Texas' needs and can be successfully implemented by Boards, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has devised the Data Element Review, which outlines the minimum source document requirements for validating required elements.

bullet dotData Element Review: Data Element Review Word or Data Element Review PDF


WIA Resource Documents

The following are links to important documentation related to the Workforce Investment Act.

bullet dotH.B. 1863 (74th Texas Legislature)

In its passage of House Bill (HB) 1863, the 74th Texas Legislature positioned Texas to become a leader in the nation's effort to implement a new workforce investment system.


The following web sites have information related to the Workforce Investment Act.

bullet dotUnited States Department of Labor

bullet dotNASWA National Association of State Workforce Agencies

bullet dotNational Governor's Association (NGA)


Grandfather Provisions and Texas

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison delivered a colloquy that applauded the United States Congress for their recognition of the approach the Texas Legislature took in restructuring its workforce system.

bullet dotSenator Kay Bailey Hutchison's Colloquy

Sections 111, 117, 189 and 194 of the Act describe the major grandfather provisions addressed in the Workforce Investment Act.

bullet dotGrandfather Provisions Work for Texas



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