The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 was implemented in July 2015. The purpose of the act is to improve the quality of the workforce across the nation. The act stipulates that activities within the workforce development system be guided by and responsive to local economic and employment needs. To that end, an increased amount of authority was given to local workforce development councils to provide direction to service providers and partners that assist customers in obtaining employment.
WIA requires that a local strategic plan be developed and maintained by every Workforce Development Council in the nation. The purpose of the plan is to provide a roadmap for the Council to craft policies and inform funding decisions around workforce development activities.