The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers secure the employment, education, training and support services necessary to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Every year the core programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. With the implementation of WIOA, the Texas workforce system will continue to be a market-driven system, responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA authorizes and brings together the following core programs of federal investment under the workforce development system:

  • Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers and youth
  • Wagner-Peyser employment services
  • Adult education and literacy programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment

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WIOA Combined State Plan

On November 26, 2019, the Texas Workforce Commission (Commission) approved the required Four-Year Combined State Plan for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) covering Program Years 2020–2023, for posting for public comment.

The plan covers the following WIOA core programs and two optional programs:

  • Adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs under Title I of WIOA
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program under Title II of WIOA
  • Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Service program as amended by Title III of WIOA
  • Vocational Rehabilitation program under Title IV of WIOA
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker program

The plan is divided into a strategic section, an operational section, and program sections.

Select the following link to see the complete plan:

The Commission welcomes your input. The plan will be posted for public comment for 30 days. The deadline to submit comments is December 26, 2019.

WIOA Proposed Targets for PY 2020-2021

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to identify in the Four-Year Combined State Plan (CSP) the expected levels of performance (performance targets) for each of the following programs:

As part of this requirement, the performance targets must be posted for public comment. On January 21, 2020, the Texas Workforce Commission (Commission) approved the performance targets for posting for public comment.

Select the following document to review the proposed targets:

The Commission welcomes your input. The performance targets will be posted for public comment for two-weeks. The deadline to submit comments is February 5, 2020. The Commission will then review the input and decide what targets should be included in the Commission’s WIOA CSP submission. 

*Note—these proposals were developed with available data, while giving consideration to procedural and automation changes that TWC anticipates may improve reportable performance. In addition, the federal Departments of Labor and Education have yet to issue formal guidance regarding performance target development. As such, these performance targets will serve as placeholders until formal federal guidance is issued.

Public comments must be received or postmarked by February 5, 2020.

Submit comments by:

     Workforce Program Policy

101 East 15th Street, Room 459T

Austin, Texas 78778

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WIOA Guidance

The WIOA Guide to Texas Workforce System Operations provides information on the methods by which WIOA reinforces the partnerships and strategies used by Workforce Solutions Offices to serve customers and provides information on how infrastructure and additional costs are determined and paid for by workforce partners in a local workforce system.

The WIOA Guidelines for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth provides Boards with criteria and documentation sources for establishing WIOA Title I program eligibility for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.

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WIOA One-Stop Certification

WIOA requires all Workforce Solutions Offices in each local workforce development area to be certified by TWC once every three years. All Workforce Solutions Offices must be certified by December 31, 2017, using the One-Stop Certification form provided below. Submit the completed form via e-mail to Board.Relations@twc.state.tx.us.  

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WIOA Eligibility

The following WIOA eligibility references are effective starting July 1, 2015.  The selective service desk reference remains valid for WIOA basic eligibility purposes.

The Data Element Review outlines the documentation required for validating WIOA eligibility.

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WIOA Self-Sufficiency Wage Levels

WIOA participants who are employed, but are not receiving self-sufficiency wages, may be eligible for WIOA training services. The U.S. Department of Labor’s 100 percent Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) guidelines can be used to set minimum criteria for determining whether WIOA Title I participants receive self-sufficiency wages in their local areas. 

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Training Provider Requirements

WIOA requires training providers who want to receive WIOA funds to apply for certification and be included on the Statewide List of Certified Training Providers, which includes all training programs that are currently approved by one or more Workforce Development Boards and certified by TWC. Training providers must submit and receive approval of a Provider Assurance Statement to obtain access to the online application system.

Each board selects its providers of youth activities on a competitive basis and based on the recommendations of each Board’s Youth Council. Chosen providers are awarded grants or contracts.

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WIOA/WIA Annual Reports

View WIOA/WIA Annual Reports WOIA 2018 Annual Report PDF2018 2017 2015 

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