SDE: Federal Legislation

Federal Legislation

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act WIOA – Public Law 113-128). Under WIOA, Governor Malloy will submit to the U.S. Secretary of Labor by March 3, 2016 a Unified State Plan outlining a four-year strategy for Connecticut’s workforce development system. The Unified State Plan outlines a four-year strategy for the following core WIOA programs: 
  • Adult Program (WIOA Title I – administered by the CT Department of Labor)
  • Dislocated Worker Program (WIOA Title I – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Youth Program (WIOA Title I – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA Title II – administered by CT State Department of Education)
  • Wagner-Peyser Act (Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended by WIOA Title III – administered by CT Department of Labor)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Title I of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA Title IV – administered by CT Department of Rehabilitation Services)
Major content areas of the Unified State Plan included strategic and operational planning elements, all of which apply to each of the core WIOA programs.

Per WIOA requirements for a transparent planning process [WIOA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 20 CFR Section 676.13(c)], the State of Connecticut is providing an opportunity for public comment on and input into development of Connecticut’s Unified State Plan prior to its submission to the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education. Comments are requested concerning content, language and overall implementation of the Unified State Plan. Please note that the Plan format follows requirements and guidelines established by Federal authorities.

The DRAFT State of Connecticut WIOA Unified State Plan is posted at the following link:

until 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016.

This DRAFT version of the Unified State Plan is not to be considered final. All content of the DRAFT plan is subject to change. Please note that certain data elements and figures are subject to revision prior to final submission to ensure timeliness and accuracy, and may be replaced with current information closer to the date of submission for the final version of the plan.

Comments concerning the Adult Education, Title II section (s) of the DRAFT Unified State Plan should be submitted by postal mail to Susan Pierson, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457 or via email to

When submitting comments via e-mail please identify “Unified State Plan Comments-Adult Education” in the subject line and identify the section of the DRAFT plan the comment(s) reference(s) in the body of the e-mail.

To ensure that all comments are considered, they must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2016.

Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220, consolidated more than 60 federal training and education programs to create three block grants to states: Adult Employment and Training, Disadvantaged Youth Employment and Training, and Adult Education and Literacy. Title II of the Act, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, authorizes federal funding and creates a block grant system that awards adult education state grants. Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) replaces the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) legislation and authorizes the new workforce investment system.

The guiding principles of the law are those of partnership, flexibility, accountability, and improved quality of services. WIA requires that Titles I and II be aligned in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to literacy and employment. Initiatives supported with WIA funds, therefore, must demonstrate coordination with the employment and training community through involvement with the One Stop System and with the Regional Workforce Development Boards.

The purpose of Title II - Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is to create partnerships to:

  • assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency;
  • assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and
  • assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.

Connecticut's plan for adult education is outlined in its initial WIA state plan for FY 2001-2004. Because WIA has not been reauthorized, a one-year extension plan has been submitted for each year after FY 2003-04.

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is designed to provide opportunities for the improvement of educational programs and services for adults who lack the level of basic skills and literacy necessary for effective citizenship and productive employment. The term "adult education" means services or instruction below the postsecondary level for individuals who are 16 years of age and are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to function effectively in society, and do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

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