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Waiver of The Obligation of Eligible Training Providers to Collect Performance Data on All Students in A Training Program

The commonwealth seeks a waiver allowance of the obligation of ETPs to collect and report non-WIOA funded student demographic information and performance data participating in training programs listed on the state’s Eligible Training Providers List, or ETPL, as outlined in WIOA Sections 116 and 122, and at 20 CFR 677.230 and 20 CFR 680.400 through 680.530.

Specifically, the commonwealth requests waiver authority to exempt ETPs from the requirement of collecting and reporting non-WIOA funded student demographic information and performance data. Additionally, in cases where non-WIOA funded student demographic information or performance data are not available, the commonwealth requests waiver authority to report null or “0” (zero) in the ETP performance report. The waiver allowances will assist the commonwealth to further develop its workforce while continuing to focus on innovative strategies for a demand-driven workforce.

The proposed waiver request is available for viewing here.

Any interested party wishing to comment on the waiver request must do so in writing by 9 a.m. on Friday, July 10. Comments may be e-mailed to

Comments received during this period will be addressed prior to the waiver request’s submission to USDOL.

2020-24 WIOA Combined State Plan

View WIOA Combined State Plan

As submitted for review on March 30, 2020.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a four-year unified or combined state plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategy.

Pennsylvania has prioritized five broad goals for the workforce development system:

  1. Career Pathways and Apprenticeship: Develop a comprehensive career pathways system in PA and expand career pathways as the primary model for skill, credential, degree attainment, with an emphasis on assisting individuals to address barriers to employment, earn a family-sustaining wage, and advance their career.

  2. Sector Strategies and Employer Engagement: Engage employers and industry clusters through innovative strategies to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs and services to labor market demand, including recruiting, training, and retaining talent.

  3. Youth: Increase opportunities for all youth to experience work-based learning through summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship, internships, job shadowing, mentoring, and other experiences in the workplace, including developing employability skills.

  4. Continuous Improvement of the Workforce Development System: Identify and enact system changes and improvements that enhance the collaboration and partnership between agencies and partners in the workforce development system.

  5. Strengthening the One-Stop Delivery System: Implement improvements to one-stop service delivery to better serve all customers, including job seekers and employers.

Pennsylvania's Combined State Plan includes the six WIOA Core programs: (Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Basic Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation), as well the following optional programs:

  • Career and Technical Education Programs-Perkins Act
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program
  • Community Services Block Grant

The state plan was drafted with input from the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Corrections, Education, Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and State.

L&I is currently seeking public comment for Pennsylvania’s WIOA Combined State Plan Modification during the timeframe of December 20, 2019 through 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

There are two ways to comment: in writing via email to by submitting written comments via U.S. mail to:

PA Workforce Development Board
651 Boas Street, Room 514
Harrisburg, PA 17121

It is requested that individuals offering written comment include page numbers when commenting on specific aspects of the plan to facilitate responses to the comments. Please note that all written comments submitted will be considered and responded to within the final state plan.

Information on Pennsylvania’s 2016-20 WIOA State Plan

2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification (as substantially approved on June 11, 2018)

2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification Public Comments and Responses

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Accessible Version (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as initially submitted on March 17, 2016)

2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Public Comment and Responses

Waiver to allow WIOA statewide funds to support local areas impacted by a qualifying disaster event

When a disaster or emergency occurs, L&I can provide disaster safety and clean-up assistance using federal disaster grants. There are often significant time delays before the grant funds allocated and grant limitations slow down disaster recovery efforts (e.g. requirement to use certain WIOA eligible participants for disaster recovery efforts). L&I is exploring a waiver to use WIOA statewide funds already allocated to local areas, instead of federal disaster grants, to respond to disasters. The waiver would also expand the allowable participants beyond WIOA requirements. This waiver will accelerate L&I’s ability to respond to disasters using workforce resources.

WIOA Waiver to allow Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for In-School Youth (ISY)

U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) approved the commonwealth’s WIOA waiver request to allow Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for In-School Youth (ISY). WIOA Title I-funded ITAs are the main mechanism to fund occupational training for eligible WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Out-of-School Youth customers. This waiver allows for ITAs to be used for ISY customers to increase the pipeline of talent into the workforce, particularly in occupations requiring less than a four-year college degree, and to address increased demand for workplace training that incorporates occupational training. This waiver will accelerate In-School Youth transitions into the workforce and will have a positive impact on the state’s Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship programs.

Regional and Local WIOA Plans

Pennsylvania’s 10 planning regions and 22 Local Workforce Development Boards submitted plans with strategies to implement the WIOA Combined State Plan and the commonwealth’s workforce development goals at the regional and local level. These regional and local plans were developed collaboratively with stakeholders and provide the framework for statewide workforce development alignment, creating a comprehensive workforce development system, and achieving the commonwealth’s WIOA goals.

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