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Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development:

  • employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states; and
  • adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education (DOE).

WIOA also authorizes programs for specific vulnerable populations, including the Job Corps, YouthBuild, Indian, and Native Americans, and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker programs as well as evaluation and multistate projects administered by DOL. Also, WIOA authorizes other programs administered by DOE and the Department of Health and Human Services.

WIOA replaces the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and retains and Amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The WIOA website and the Innovation & Opportunity Network are working in concert to provide you with the most up-to-date information concerning WIOA:

WIOA Overview

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Civil Rights Center (CRC)

CRC – External Enforcement

The Civil Rights Center (CRC) develops, administers, and enforces Departmental policies, practices, and procedures pursuant to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIOA), as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act; and related statutes and Executive Orders.

CRC is organized into three programmatic offices:

  • Office of Internal Enforcement (OIE) administers DOL's internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint program and the Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center (RARC). The RARC is one-stop-shop providing reasonable accommodation related information, assistive technology services for people with disabilities, including needs assessments, alternate format production services, assistive technology devices and equipment and Section 508 assistance to assist DOL in compliance with accessibility laws.
  • Office of External Enforcement (OEE) assesses, investigates and/or adjudicates complaints alleging discrimination and/or violations of equal opportunity requirements by recipients of financial assistance under Title I of WIOA; One-Stop partners listed in WIOA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the public workforce development system; State and local governments and other public entities operating programs and activities related to labor and the work force, regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance (for disability-related matters only); and any recipients of financial assistance from DOL that are not included in the categories above.
  • Office of Compliance and Policy (OCP) conducts compliance reviews of the same entities listed under OEE, including reviews of State Governors' Methods of Administration (MOA) nondiscrimination plans; develops regulations; reviews proposed legislation, and provides training and technical assistance for internal and external stakeholders.

Civil Rights Center Statutes, Regulations, and Guidance

Equal Opportunity is the Law. (La Igualdad De Oportunidad Es La Ley.)
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.