Capitol Hill

A rare occurrence

In July, amidst unprecedented gridlock and dysfunction in Congress, lawmakers passed with broad bipartisan support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), work force development legislation to reauthorize and reform the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The legislation may benefit roofing industry employers and workers, and as the law is implemented during the coming years, NRCA will explore new methods of helping roofing industry employers address their work force development needs.


The WIA originally was enacted in 1998 to establish programs designed to help displaced workers develop employment skills and find jobs.

The law was designed to consolidate what at the time was a disparate array of state and local entities involved in work force issues: unemployment offices, job listing centers, skills training programs and welfare agencies. After a Republican Congress passed and President Clinton signed the landmark welfare reform act in 1996 that linked welfare benefits to job training for the first time, lawmakers turned a critical eye toward existing government work force-related programs and found them largely disconnected from existing labor markets.