How House-Passed WIOA Reauthorization Would Change Youth Programs

By Kathy Tran

The authorization for WIOA expired in 2020, and Congress should use this reauthorization process to improve the legislation and make significant investments in federal spending on the workforce system—particularly in programs that support young people.

On March 31, 2022, Bobby Scott, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Frederica Wilson, Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, introduced the Workforce and Opportunity Act of 2022 (H.R. 7309) to initiate the process of reauthorizing WIOA. The bill passed the House on May 17, 2022.

This brief outlines key changes to current law in the House WIOA bill for youth workforce programs to sections on:

  • Eligibility definitions Youth
  • workforce investment activities
  • Funding appropriations
  • Use of funds for youth workforce activities
  • Summer and year-round employment for youth

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