Policy and Planning

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The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) is formally established under RI General Law 42-102 as the state's primary policy-making body on workforce development matters. In this role, GWB oversees and coordinates both federal workforce development policy (through implementation of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA)) and state workforce development policy (through allocation of the Job Development Fund (JDF)). The Board consists of 23 members representing business, labor, education, community, and government with the statutory responsibility and authority to plan, coordinate, fund, and evaluate nearly all statewide workforce development activities.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the primary federal law governing employment, education, training, and support services for job seekers. WIOA was passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. The law supersedes the previous Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and looks to more fully integrate state workforce and talent development systems to better serve employers and job seekers.

Rhode Island is currently in a phased implementation of WIOA, alongside its strategic use of the state Job Development Fund. As the state’s federally-designated workforce agency, the Governor’s Workforce Board is tasked with implementation of the law which includes developing a strategic plan for the state, issuing policy and directives, allocating resources, and working with the state’s two local workforce boards on the coordinated delivery of high quality workforce development services.

Below please find proposed Waiver Requests, along with instructions for submitting public comment

Review of continuing designation and certification of local development areas and boards under WIOA is complete. For more information or to submit public comment please click here.

Read the state WIOA plan here

Below please find drafts of the Local WIOA Plans as submitted to the State Workforce Development Board. The Plans are pending review and consideration by the Board.

  • Read the draft Greater Rhode Island Local WIOA plan here
  • Read the draft Providence/Cranston Local WIOA plan here


Read the State WIOA Policy Manual (June 2021) here

Guidance Letter – Student Loan Default and WIOA Eligibility
Date: 4/22/2019
Student Loan Default and WIOA Eligibility

WIN Number 18-11
Date: 6/21/2019
2019 Lower Living Income Standard Guidance

WIN Number 18-12
Date: 6/21/2019
2019 Dislocated Worker, Adult and Youth Funding Allocations

1. Meeting Summary – Common Assessment WorkGroup Date: 07-19-17

2. WIN Number 18-01
Date of Passage: 9/21/2017
Lower Living Standard Guidance

4. Guidance Letter – Local Planning Elements
Date: 10/5/2017
Local Planning Elements

11. WIN Number 18-08
Date of Passage: 6/5/2018
2018 Lower Living Income Standard Guidance

13. WIN Number 18-10
Date of Passage: 6/5/2018
2018 Dislocated Worker, Adult, and Youth Funding Allocations

  1. Guidance Letter – Local Planning
    Date: 1/9/2017
    Local Planning
  2. WIN Number: 17-03
    Date: 6/15/2017
    PY2017 Dislocated Worker, Adult, and Youth Allocations