President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. As with the preceding Workforce Investment Act (WIA), WIOA, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

In addition, the enactment of WIOA provides a new opportunity to ensure that America’s Job Center of California locations remain effective and job-driven — responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs.