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The New York State Combined Plan

The Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to submit a 4-year State Plan to receive funding for the six WIOA core programs: Adult; Dislocated Worker; Youth; Wagner Peyser Employment; Adult Education and Literacy; and Vocational Rehabilitation. The state agencies that administer these core programs (Department of Labor (DOL), State Education Department (SED), and Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Commission for the Blind) drafted the plan under guidance of the State Workforce Investment Board through the Aligning Workforce Programs Committee (comprised of executive staff from DOL, SED, OCFS, Empire State Development, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and the State University of New York).

New York State has prepared a Combined State Plan, which includes the strategic and operational elements of the core programs of WIOA, plus those of the Trade Act Assistance program. The plan serves as the state’s vehicle to outline its vision of the workforce development system and how it will align and integrate the workforce development system to achieve four goals:

  1. Align and integrate federal education, employment, and training programs;
  2. Guide investments to ensure that training and services meet the needs of businesses and job seekers
  3. Apply consistent, job-driven training strategies across all relevant federal programs; and
  4. Engage economic, education and workforce partners in improving the workforce development system.

The New York State Combined Plan was submitted to the federal government on April 1, 2016. The plan will be reviewed by the US Department of Labor and the US Education Department within 60 days of submission, after which a response will be provided to New York State. If the plan is deemed acceptable, it will be approved after 90 days from submission. The interim Combined State Plan, pending federal comment and potential revision, can be accessed via the link below. WIOA requires the plan be amended after two years, under the supervision of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB).

View Draft NYS WIOA Combined State Plan

New York State Combined Plan Public Comments

WIOA requires states to allow for a period of public comment prior to submission of their draft State Plans. The New York State Combined Plan was posted online for comment from January 7, 2016 until February 8, 2016. The comments were reviewed by all WIOA core agency partners, responses were drafted, and are still being finalized.  Tables with the comments and responses will be posted shortly.

Contributors to the Public Comment Period

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Combined Plan Partners thank all individuals and organizations that submitted public comment on the WIOA Combined State Plan. The following organizations and individuals contributed to the comments received during the Public Comment Period:

ACCES-VR State Rehabilitation Council

Center for Employment Opportunities

Chautauqua WDB

Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben WDB

Columbia-Greene WDB


Finger Lakes WDB

Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie WDB


Hempstead-Long Beach WDB

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES

Jefferson County Economic Development

Literacy Assistance Center

Manufacturing Skills Standards Council

Monroe County


New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy

New York City Workforce Funders

New York City Immigration Coalition

New York City WDB

NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

PathStone Corporation

Per Scholas

RespectAbility USA

St. Lawrence County WDB

The Business Council of NYS

Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES

UJA Federation of New York

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) State Plan

In addition to the WIOA Combined Plan, each state, as required by Title V of WIOA and the Older Americans Act, is required to submit a State Plan that includes a 4-year strategy for the statewide provision of community services and other authorized activities for eligible individuals under SCSEP. As Title V is a required partner within the Career Center System, NYSDOL is also posting a link to the SCSEP State Plan for public view.

View the SCSEP State Plan:

Contact Information

Questions or comments related to the New York State Combined Plan or the Public Comment tables may be emailed to

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