WIA/WIOA Adult Program


To prepare workers -- particularly individuals with barriers to employment -- for good jobs by providing job search assistance and training. The Adult Program provides an emphasis on serving public assistance recipients, other low-income individuals, and individuals who are low-skilled. Program performance is measured by entry into unsubsidized employment and earnings. The program serves individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs. The employment goals will be measured using the Unemployment Insurance Wage Records Information 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
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Data not yet 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
Under WIOA, the organizations 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 who are responsible for operating American Job Centers (approximately 2,500 nationwide). WIOA requires allotments for the outlying areas to be competitively distributed rather than based on a formula determined by the Secretary of Labor as had occurred under the Workforce Investment Act. For PY 2015, which is considered a transitional year, the Secretary will continue to fund the outlying areas by formula.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All adults 18 years and older are eligible to receive career services. Priority for career and training services must be given to public assistance recipients other low income populations, and low-skilled individuals. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. States and local areas are responsible for establishing procedures for applying the priority requirements.
Formula-funded programs are subject to Governor/Secretary Agreement and State Plan. States sign a grant document agreeing to comply with the Act and regulations for the formula-allotted program. 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 required. 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. 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 and Wagner-Peyser Activities, as well as WIOA Titles II and IV programs housed with the Department of Education. States may also submit a Combined State Plan which includes the programs mentioned above as well as other workforce development programs administered by DOL, Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Unified or Combined State 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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 WIA or the WIA 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?
The new Act specifies that most services for adults will be provided through the American Job Centers, also known as One Stop Career Centers. The Act authorizes that funds be used to provide career services. These services include: a determination that the individual is eligible to receive assistance, outreach, intake and orientation to the information and other services available through the one-stop delivery system; initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and supportive service needs. If deemed eligible, the individual may receive training services. 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, most participants use an "Individual Training Account (ITA)" to select an appropriate training program from an eligible training provider. WIOA also authorizes the provision of supportive services (e.g. transportation and child care assistance) to enable an individual to participate in the program. Consistent with the allowable activities in the statute.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reporting requires:
1. WIA/WIOA Annual Report
2. WIA/WIOA Annual Report narrative
3. required to submit WIASRD file for both participant and exiters on quarterly basis in addition to the annual reporting.
4. Quarterly Financial Reports

Note: Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Quarterly Financial Reports. Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment.
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.
States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Workforce Investment Act & Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Public Law 105-220 & 113-28.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
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: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: kight.robert@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $766,000,000; FY 15 est $775,000,000; and FY 16 est $813,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
WIA/WIOA formula grant amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR Part 652 et al, WIA; Final Rules Federal Register, Friday, August 11, 2000.
20 CFR Part 601, 651, 652 et.al. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Thursday April 16, 2015.
20 CFR Part 676, 677, 678 Joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with Department of Education, Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.