Issue Brief 16-04
January 25, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allows governors to set aside up to 15% of their state’s funding from the three major WIOA grant programs: the adult, youth, and dislocated worker formula grants. These funds may be used for a wide array of statewide workforce-related activities, from creating jobs to providing targeted assistance to disadvantaged youth.

In recent years, Congress reduced the 15% set-aside through the appropriations process. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus marks the first time since FY 2010 that the set-aside is at its authorized 15% level.