Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities


To assist persons to secure employment and workforce information by providing a variety of services to both job seekers and employers free of charge. Job seekers are provided career services, which include: labor exchange services, job search assistance and workforce information services. and referrals to employment and other programs of assistance. These services are available universally to all job seekers. Employers can use these services to post job orders and be referred qualified applicants.

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
FORMULA GRANTS; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Performance targets and results are reported in the agencies budget request at www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Workforce Investment Act and The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) 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 105-220, as amended by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Public Law 113-128.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Wagner-Peyser Employment Service grants and Labor Market Information grants, eligible applicants include all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The system affords universal access to all jobseekers. In addition, services are available to employers seeking workers to fill job openings. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. The individuals receive priority referral to jobs, as well as specialized employment services and assistance.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FORMULA GRANTS: Under WIOA, Wagner-Peyser is a "core" program, so the governor submits a single Unified State Plan or Combined State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidance provides 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 including WIOA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, and WIOA Titles II and IV programs housed with the Department of Education. The Combined Plan includes these programs as well as other non-DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Heather Fleck), Division of WIOA 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 or, as in the case of LMI grants, based on an administrative formula. The State Plans include services to persons with disabilities and other targeted groups.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. As provided in regulations.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants: The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices which is known as the Employment Service. Wagner-Peyser was amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and as of July 22, 2014, by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), making the Employment Service part of the American Job Center (AJC) system, also known as the One-Stop Career Center delivery system. AJCs provide an integrated array of high-quality services that workers, job seekers, and businesses can access services under one roof in easy-to-reach locations, with many services also offered through self-service electronic access. These services provide universal access to all including a variety of persons with multiple challenges to employment, including persons with disabilities.

These services include assessment of skill levels, abilities, and aptitudes, career guidance when appropriate, job search workshops, and referral to jobs or training as appropriate. The services offered to employers, in addition to referral of job seekers to job openings, include matching job requirements with job seeker experience, skills and other attributes, helping with special recruitment needs, assisting employers analyze hard-to-fill job orders, assisting with job restructuring and helping employers deal with layoffs.

Under Wagner-Peyser Act Section 7(b), ten percent of the total sums allotted to each state workforce agency shall be reserved for use by the governor to provide performance incentives; services for groups with special needs; and for the extra costs of exemplary models for delivering job services.

Labor Market Information Grants to States: This allows for the development and distribution of state and local workforce information which allows job seekers, employers, and providers and planners of job training and economic development to obtain information pertaining to job opportunities, labor supply, labor market or workforce trends, and the market situation in particular industries. For Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants to states, the funds must be used for career services, including labor exchange activities, labor market, and workforce information purposes. Training is not an allowable activity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For formula grants, quarterly performance reporting is required in addition to quarterly financial, activities and outcomes reports. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. For formula grants, quarterly financial reports are required. Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on quarterly reports.
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.
Standard records for audits are required.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title The Wagner-Peyser Act , Chapter Section 6 (b)(4), Public Law 29 U.S.C. 493.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula funds are provided at the beginning of a program year and are available for expenditure during that program year and the succeeding two program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $695,000,000; FY 15 est $693,000,000; and FY 16 est $693,000,000. (Project Grants) FY 14 $23,000,000; FY 15 est $27,000,000; and FY 16 est $27,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Wagner-Peyser Formula Grants vary by year. Funding is published annually in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR Part 652 - Establishment and Functioning of State Employment Services: Part 662 - Description of the One Stop System under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Part 663 - Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Sub part A - Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services through the One Stop Service Delivery System; Part 1001-Services for Veterans.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.