WIA Adult Program

To prepare workers -- particularly disadvantaged, low-skilled, and underemployed adults -- for good jobs by providing job search assistance and training. Program performance is measured by entry into unsubsidized employment, retention in unsubsidized employment, and earnings. The program serves individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs. The employment goals will be measured using the Unemployment Insurance Wage Records Information System and customer satisfaction goals will be measured by sampling.

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Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Act specifies that most services for adults will be provided through the American Job Centers, also known as One Stop Career Centers. The Act authorizes three levels of service which are available to all jobseekers. "Core" services include outreach, job search, placement assistance, and labor market information, and are available to all jobseekers. "Intensive" services include more comprehensive assessments, development of "Individual Employment Plans" (IEP) and counseling, and career planning. Those customers who need additional services to find or retain employment may receive "training" services linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, participants use an "Individual Training Account (ITA)" to select an appropriate training program from an eligible training provider. The Act also authorizes the provision of supportive services (e.g., transportation and child care assistance) to enable an individual to participate in the program. Consistent with the allowable activities in the statute.
Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which reauthorizes WIA, was enacted. Implementation of program changes associated with the reauthorization will begin on July 1, 2015., Title I, Part subtitle B, Section Chapter 5, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C 9201.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Under WIA, the organizations eligible to receive funding from the Department are the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas. Funds are allotted based on a statutory formula. The states in turn allocate funds to local workforce investment boards (approximately 600), by formula.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All adults 18 years and older are eligible for core services. Priority for intensive and training services must be given to public assistance recipients and low income populations when funds are limited. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. States and local areas are responsible for establishing procedures for applying the priority requirements.
Formula-funded programs are subject to Governor/Secretary Agreement and State Plan. States sign a grant document agreeing to comply with the Act and regulations for the formula-allotted program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The governor submits a single Strategic State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidances provide detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan. The Unified Planning Guidance provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services beyond WIA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, including non-DOL programs and other ETA and non-ETA DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Robert Kight), DIvision of WIA Adult Services and Workforce System, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4209, Washington, DC 20210.
Award Procedure
Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days. State plans will be reviewed in accordance with 20 CFR 661.220(e), which provides that the Secretary must approve all state plans within 90 days of their submission, unless the Secretary determines in writing that: (1) the State Plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I of WIA or the WIA regulations, including 29 CFR Part 37; or (2) the portion of the State Plan impacting the Wagner-Peyser Act plan does not satisfy the criteria for approval in Section 8(d) of the Wagner-Peyser Act or the Wagner-Peyser Act regulations at 20 CFR Part 652.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula funds are allotted every year to a State in two portions during a program year and are available for expenditure by the State for that program year and the two succeeding program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance reporting requires:
1. WIA Annual Report
2. WIA Annual Report narrative
3. required to submit WIASRD file for both participant and exiters on quarterly basis in addition to the annual reporting.
4. Quarterly Financial Reports

Note: Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Quarterly Financial Reports. Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Subject to audits by the Department of Labor or other authorized Government agencies.
States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:
Performance results are posted at: http://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/#wiastann. Fiscal Year 2014: Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:
Performance results are posted at: http://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/#wiastann. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $731,000,000; FY 14 est $766,000,000; and FY 15 est $764,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
WIA formula grant amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR Part 652 et al, WIA; Final Rules Federal Register, Friday, August 11, 2000.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Amanda Ahlstrand 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: ahlstrand.amanda@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3052 Fax: 202-693-3981
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not Applicable.
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