TANF/WIOA Resource Hub

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These resources include relevant and timely information on TANF and WIOA collaboration strategies and trends.

Stakeholder Resource
This searchable database of WIOA-related activities from the National Conference of State Legislatures includes legislation enacted in state legislatures during the 2015 session. Issues related to WIOA implementation include sector strategies, career pathways, adult education, career and job training, work-based learning, pay for performance initiatives, state plan issues, and general workforce legislation.
Research-To-Practice Brief
This brief from the Education Commission of the States examines how to increase coordination between community colleges and local workforce boards under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It specifically discusses how states can utilize federal investments to improve these partnerships.
Stakeholder Resource
This website, created by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, consists of open source educational resources to train adults for occupations in 16 high-demand fields such as manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology.

TANF/WIOA General Information

These resources provide general information on TANF and WIOA, strategies for building collaborations between TANF and workforce agencies, and regulatory and policy guidance.

Stakeholder Resource
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Grantee Products is a virtual resource center designed to support the needs of workforce development practitioners. It is a curated collection of specialized products and materials that were developed from a wide range of ETA-funded sources.
Research-To-Practice Brief
This issue brief, published by Mathematica Policy Research, Social Policy Research Associates, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, describes the business services provided by 28 randomly selected local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs). These LWIBs participated in the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation. The study measured how LWIBs met local business needs.
Webinar / Webcast

The Office of Family Assistance held a webinar on “Creating Tribal TANF and WIOA Partnerships to Connect Tribal Families to Employment” on July 20, 2016, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET. This webinar provided an opportunity to hear about partnerships between Tribal TANF agencies and local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) providers. Tribal employment and training agencies often face job placement challenges common to many remote and rural areas – namely, a small pool of employers, few...

Career Pathways

These resources provide strategies for TANF and WIOA collaboration on career pathways efforts that connect participants to employment and advancement opportunities.


The Office of Family Assistance launched the Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Policy Announcement / Memoranda

The Employment and Training Administration recently issued this Training and Employment Notice (TEN). This TEN formally announces the availability of a technical assistance resource, the Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development, for states, localities, tribes, and other stakeholders developing career pathways systems.

Profile / Case Study
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) published a new set of case studies. The two case studies highlight HPOG participants, one at Cook Inlet Tribal Council and another at Health Education Laddering Program (Project HELP), and showcase the participants’ progress.

One-Stop Operations

These resources include information on WIOA One-Stop operations, including customer service and partnership strategies aimed at providing job seekers with high-quality, comprehensive career and supportive services.

Webinar / Webcast
Newly released joint guidance provides direction for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, workforce development, education, and human services partners are encouraged to provide streamlined and efficient career services for all customers through the American Job Center Network. This webinar was the first in a series of technical assistance resources being provided to the...
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was enacted in July 2014 to foster increased coordination among federal workforce development and related programs. This report from the Congressional Research Service details WIOA Title I state formula program structure, services, allotment formulas, and performance accountability. Additionally, the report provides a brief overview of the Employment Service, which is authorized by separate legislation but is an integral part of the One-Stop...


These resources share information on WIOA performance measures and potential strategies for aligning these measures with TANF work requirements.

Policy Announcement / Memoranda

This memorandum describes the criteria and procedures the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) will use when considering a State’s expected levels of performance and negotiating adjusted levels of performance for Program Year (PY) 2016-17 and PY 2017-18 for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) program. These levels are required under section 116(b)(3)(A)(iii) and (iv)(I) of the Workforce Innovation and...


This report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) addresses: 1) changes selected states plan to make in how they collect and report performance information for core programs; 2) challenges these states face related to performance reporting and how they might be addressed; and 3) whether these states have reported breaches to core program data systems and what practices they have to safeguard personal information.


This report, released by the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, assesses the current landscape of employment data. It proposes technical enhancements to help agencies and institutions more effectively collect and share information, and provides policy recommendations to better inform students and other key stakeholders.

State Plan Development

These resources provide information and strategies on the development and implementation of WIOA State Plans.

Webinar / Webcast
This webinar from July 7, 2016, hosted by the National Skills Coalition, highlighted key points from a selection of state plans. It was intended to help a broad set of stakeholders reflect on their state plan’s strategies and critical implementation issues, as well as think about potential improvements and next steps.

This new report from the National Skills Coalition (NSC) draws on examples from 14 states to see how they have addressed recommendations offered by NSC in the 2015 publication Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans, which focused on how states could use WIOA plans to close the skill gap and help...


The Colorado Workforce Development Council has compiled a wide variety of resources to assist in the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Colorado. The resources include webinar and presentation slides from meetings with workforce directors, workforce center operators, and other agency partners, as well as materials from meetings with the State Workforce Legislation Task Force, the Senior Community Service Employment Program Task Force,...

Target Populations

These resources provide information on shared target populations for both TANF and WIOA programs, including youth and participants with multiple barriers to employment.