WIOA and its regulations focus on competitive integrated employment. The WIOA regulations make clear the belief of Congress that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving highquality employment in the community and economic self-sufficiency when given the necessary services and supports. 

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations providing more detail about the implementation of WIOA, including how to define competitive integrated employment. Since then, the Department has given public notice that it may reconsider those regulations, through what is called its “Unified Agenda” for rulemaking. We are continuing to monitor for proposed changes to these rules by the Department.  

Check back for updates on the status of the regulations, and be prepared to submit a public comment if a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued.

Full Regulation Text, FAQs, and Dept. of Ed. Unified Agenda:

State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage
August 19, 2016
Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Service

Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQs
January 18, 2017
Department of Education

Agency Rule List
Fall 2018
Department of Education