The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014 after passing Congress with broad bipartisan support. WIOA reauthorizes and amends the Workforce Investment Act (1998) through important workforce system reforms.


Extensive input was provided as follows for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County's local workforce plan for years 2016-2020, in alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Local Plan Strategy Input Sessions: September - November 2015

  • Individual Outreach to Core Partners (Adult Education and Literacy, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wagner-Peyser): February 12 - March 11, 2016

  • Draft Plan to Key Partners: March 1, 2016

  • Input from Key Partners: March 24, 2016

  • Final Draft Approved for Public Comment at WDC Finance Committee and Executive Committee: April 19 and 21, 2016

  • Official Public Comment Period (posted on website): May 2 - 31, 2016

  • Due to Workforce Board and Employment Security Department: May 2, 2016

  • State Comments to Local Boards: May 23, 2016

  • Local Plan Presented to Executive Committee for Final Approval: May 26, 2016

  • Chief Local Elected Officials Signature Request: May 26, 2016

  • Final Signed Local Plans to State Workforce Board and Employment Security Department: June 10, 2016

  • Local Plans Approved by Governor: June 30, 2016

  • Chief Local Elected Officials and Boards Notified by State Board of Governor's Approval of Local Plans: June 30, 2016

To learn more, please refer to the following resources:

Briefing Documents