Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI)


Address national employment and training issues through demonstrations, pilot projects, and applied research that have interstate validity and will aid policymakers and stakeholders in addressing these issues and for continuous improvement of the public workforce system.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The WIOA Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions; Final Rule was published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 55792., Title Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (July 22, 2014), Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments, Federal agencies, private non-profit and for-profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. Note: Applicant eligibility may be restricted to one or more applicant classes under the particular announcement or solicitation. Only states and U.S. territories are eligible to apply for WDQI grants. These funds are used to develop, or enhance, state IT systems established as longitudinal administrative databases for the long-term analysis of individual data from pre-K through the workforce to determine the effectiveness of education and training programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Generally limited to the economically disadvantaged and those who are underemployed, unemployed, need to upgrade their skills in order to retain jobs, at-risk youth, and/or to those who have barriers to employ ability. With WDQI funding, states are required to develop a scorecard, using their longitudinal administrative database, that will display information in a consumer-friendly manner. These scorecards will help inform consumer-choice when selecting workforce training providers.
Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. NOFO will be posted for WDQI grants.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Generally, the procedure is as follows: 1) A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications; 2) The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating; 3) Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification; and 4) After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 45 to 90 days.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA.
Project extensions available upon approval by the Grant Officer (renewals are not automatic). Requests for extensions or renewals must be submitted in writing along with supporting justification for the renewal.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable FOA.
How may assistance be used?
Projects shall include demonstration of innovative direct services or improvements to existing service strategies for individuals to enhance employment opportunities, and include a rigorous research or evaluation component and support the Department of Labor’s stated strategic goal of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” by: (1) Preparing workers for good jobs; (2) For those not working, providing income security; (3) Focusing on key segments of the workforce; (4) Building a comprehensive workforce system through innovative approaches; and (5) Evaluating program effectiveness. The Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI), also included under pilots, demonstration, and research, provides funding to states for the development of, or enhancement to, state workforce longitudinal administrative databases.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is done by the Contracting Officer Representative or Federal Project Officer in accordance with Federal Acquisition or Department of Labor Management Series Guidelines.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects last one to two years. WDQI grants have a period of performance of three years. Most grants and contracts are awarded on a fixed cost basis. The Grant Officer issues a Notice of Obligation when the grant is awarded.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the nearest ETA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Toquir Ahmed
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washiington, DC 20210 USA
Phone: 202-693-3901
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$6,000,000.00; FY 23 est $12,000,000.00; FY 24 est $6,000,000.00; FY 21$12,000,000.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$11,000,000.00; FY 18$6,000,000.00; FY 17$6,000,000.00; FY 16$4,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant amounts vary and are influenced by the complexity of the initiative being studied. A general range of grant amounts would be $200,000 - $1 million - and an average $500,000. WDQI grant award amounts are influenced by the total amount of available funding as determined by the appropriation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notices of FOAs are published periodically in the Federal Register, on, and on the ETA Web site at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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