WIOA Adult Program


The Adult Program is one of the six core programs authorized by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The program serves individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs. It enables workers to obtain good jobs by providing them with job search assistance and training opportunities. Under WIOA, the Adult Program will ensure that the unemployed and other job seekers have access to high-quality workforce services, and that priority for services will be given to those who are public assistance recipients, low-income individuals, and/or basic skills deficient. In addition, the program will provide individuals with disabilities access to high quality workforce services, and better prepare them for competitive, integrated employment. Performance program measures include: 1. Employment Rate, 2nd Quarter After Exit; 2. Employment Rate, 4th Quarter After Exit; 3. Median Earnings; 4. Credential Rate; 5. Measurable Skills Gains. The employment goals are measured by using the Unemployment Insurance Wage Records Information System whenever possible.

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
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available. Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget Program data not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2017 Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2018 Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and went into effect on July 1, 2015. It amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2016. The regulations for the Title I WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs are at 20 CFR Parts 680 through 683, as well as the joint Department of Labor and Department of Education regulations found at 20 CFR parts 676 through 678., Public Law 113-128, Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Under WIOA, the entities 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 development boards which are responsible for operating American Job Centers (approximately 2,400 nationwide).
Beneficiary Eligibility
All adults 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive career services. Several populations receive priority, with States and local areas being responsible for establishing procedures for applying the priority requirements. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. Priority for career and training services must be given to public assistance recipients, other low income populations, and low-skilled individuals.
Formula-funded programs must submit a Governor/Secretary Agreement and a State Plan. States also sign a grant document agreeing to comply with the Act and regulations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. The Governor must submit a single WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with planning guidance issued through the Federal Register. The planning guidance provides detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan, and provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services, including the WIOA Title I programs, Title III Wagner-Peyser Activities, and WIOA Titles II and IV programs housed with the Department of Education. The Combined State Plan includes the six "core" programs of the Unified Plan as well as other workforce development programs administered by the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. States submit the Unified or Combined State Plan 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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 WIOA or the WIOA 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.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
WIOA specifies that most services for adults will be provided through the American Job Center Network, also known as one-stop career centers or workforce centers. It authorizes that funds be used to provide career services, which are classified into two categories: basic and individualized services. Basic services are available to all job seekers and include labor exchange services, labor market information, job listings, and information on partner programs. Individualized services include training and supportive services, such as child care and needs-related payments. These are made available to individuals after an interview, assessment or evaluation determines that the individual requires training to obtain employment. These training services will be linked to job opportunities in their communities, including occupational training, work-based training and basic skills training. To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, some participants use an "Individual Training Account (ITA)" to select an appropriate training program from an eligible training provider.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment.
Not applicable.
Nonfederal entities are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200.333, 29 CFR 95 and 97, as applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Public Law 113-128

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
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: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
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$843,000,000.00; FY 19 est $846,000,000.00; FY 20 est $846,000,000.00; FY 17$813,000,000.00; FY 16$813,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
WIOA formula grant amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
WIOA Final Rule (DOL only), 20 CFR Part 603, 651, 652 et.al., and WIOA Joint Final Rule (DOL and Education), 20 CFR Part 676, 677, 678 are available at: https://www/doleta.gov/wioa/Final_Rules_Resources.cfm
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.