Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities


The Employment Service (ES) program brings together individuals looking for employment and employers looking for job seekers. It does this by providing a variety of services, which are available to all individuals. The program provides job seekers with career services, including labor exchange services, job search assistance, workforce information, referrals to employment, and other assistance. Employers can use the ES to post job orders and obtain qualified applicants.

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
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Fiscal data available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/16bud.cfm Program data not yet available. When program results are available, they are posted at: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/wagner-peyser_act.cfm Fiscal data available at: https://www.dol.gov/general/budget/index-2016
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal data available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/17bud.cfm Program data not yet available. When program results are available, they are posted at: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/wagner-peyser_act.cfm
Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal data available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/18bud.cfm Program data not yet available. When program results are available, they are posted at: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/wagner-peyser_act.cfm
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014., 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, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The system affords universal access to all job seekers. In addition, services are available to employers seeking to hire workers. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. These individuals receive priority referral to jobs, as well as specialized employment services and assistance.
Not applicable.
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. FORMULA GRANTS: Under WIOA, Wagner-Peyser is a "core" program, in which the Governor submits a single Unified State Plan or Combined State Plan in accordance with the respective Planning Guidance, 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 overseen by 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 barriers to employment, including persons with disabilities.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, 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?
FORMULA GRANTS: Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants: The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices collectively known as the Employment Service (ES). The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), amended Wagner-Peyser, making the Employment Service part of the American Job Center (AJC) Network, also known as the One-Stop Career Center delivery system. AJCs provide an integrated array of high-quality services which allow workers, job seekers, and businesses to access services under one roof, with many services also offered through self-service electronic access, both at the Centers and remotely on the Internet. These services provide universal access to all including persons with barriers to employment. For Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants to States, funds must be used for career services, including labor exchange activities and the provision of labor market information. Training is not an allowable activity. Services available include assessments of career interests, career guidance when appropriate, job search workshops, and referral to jobs or training as appropriate. Services offered to employers in addition to referral of job seekers to job openings, include matching job requirements with applicants' experience, skills and other attributes; helping with special recruitment needs; assisting employers with hard-to-fill job orders; assisting with job restructuring; and helping employers assist laid-off workers. Under WIOA, the ES has increased its reemployment services to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants. Under Wagner-Peyser Act Section 7(b), 10 percent of the total sums allotted to each state workforce agency (SWA) are reserved for use by the Governor to provide performance incentives, services for individuals with special needs, and for the extra costs of exemplary models for enhancing state workforce staff with professional development and career advancement opportunities. Labor Market Information Grants to States: These fund the provision of state and local workforce information to job seekers, employers, and educators, job trainers, economic developers and others. Such information includes job opportunities, employment projections, workforce trends, career guidance, wage rates, and other data and information. The amended Wagner-Peyser Act under WIOA has enhanced collaboration among employment and training programs by States mandating co-location of ES offices with the one-stop offices. WIOA aligns the service delivery, planning and performance data within the one-stop delivery system.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on quarterly reports.
Not applicable.
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

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-4203
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$697,000,000.00; FY 19 est $695,000,000.00; FY 20 est $695,000,000.00; FY 17$701,000,000.00; FY 16$710,000,000.00; - (Project Grants) FY 18$26,000,000.00; FY 19 est $23,000,000.00; FY 20 est $20,000,000.00; FY 17$31,000,000.00; FY 16$23,000,000.00; -
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
WIOA Final Rule, 20 CFR Part 652 - Establishment and Functioning of State Employment Service, Subpart B - Services for Veterans; Part 680 - Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Subpart A - Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services through the One Stop Service Delivery System.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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