WIA/WIOA Pilots, Demonstrations, and Research Projects


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
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Contracts)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Not available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was passed on July 22, 2014. It supersedes titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Also, unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register., Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220.
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.
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.
Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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.
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. Grants and contracts awarded for carrying out demonstration and pilot projects under this subsection are intended to be awarded only on a competitive basis, except that a noncompetitive award may be made in the case of a project that is funded jointly with other public or private sector entities that provide a portion of the funding for the project. 100 percent of the funds are discretionary, excluding a significant portion directed by Congress for use on specific projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are required for accountability purposes. Cash reports are required for accounting purposes. Quarterly progress reports on all grants awarded are a mandatory requirement of all solicitations. Monthly progress reports are required for contracts/task orders. Quarterly expenditure reports on all grants awarded are a mandatory requirement of all solicitations. Monthly expenditure reports are required for contracts/task orders. Performance monitoring is done by the Contracting Officer's or Grant Officer's Technical Representative in accordance with Federal Acquisition or Department of Labor Management Series Guidelines.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects last one to two years. WDQI grants have a period of performance of three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Most grants and contracts are awarded on a fixed cost basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest ETA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Wayne S. Gordon 200 Constitution Ave, N.W. Room N-5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: gordon.wayne@dol.gov Phone: 2026933179
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $6,000,000; FY 15 est $10,000,000; and FY 16 est $0
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 two hundred thousand to one million dollars and an average five hundred thousand. . WDQI grant award amounts are influenced by the total available funding as determined by the budget.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notices of FOAs are published periodically in the Federal Register, on grants.gov, and on the ETA Web site at www.doleta.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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