WIA Dislocated Workers


The purpose of the WIOA Dislocated Worker program is to provide career and training services to reemploy dislocated workers, improve the quality of the workforce, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy by providing workforce investment activities that increase the employment and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by the participants. This program is designed to increase employment, as 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 Unemployment Insurance Wage Records Systems.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
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: see 17.277 and 17.278. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) was passed on July 22, 2014. It repeals the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2801 et Seq.). The law went into effect on July 1, 2015. , Title I, Part B, Section 3, Public Law 113-128; The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Title I, Public Law 113-128, 20 U.S.C 9201.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Under WIA, the organizations eligible to receive formula-based 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 and states in turn allocate funds to local workforce development boards who are responsible for operating American Job Centers (approximately 2,500 nationwide).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals eligible for assistance include workers who have lost their jobs, including those dislocated as a result of plant closings or mass layoffs, and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation; formerly self-employed individuals; and displaced homemakers who have been dependent on income of another family member, but are no longer supported by that income. Additionally, separating service members and military spouses may qualify as dislocated workers. Priority of Service is given to veterans and other covered persons.
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 submits a single Unified State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidances provide 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 the WIOA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, as well as WIOA Titles II and IV activities housed with the Department of Education. States may also submit a Combined State Plan which includes the programs mentioned above as well as other non-DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Robert Kight), 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
Formula Funds: 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 90 to 120 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 Act specifies that most services for dislocated workers 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. Funds must be used in accordance with the statute and regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reporting requires:
1. WIA Annual Report
2. WIA Annual report narrative
3. Required to submit WIASRD file for both participant and extiers on quarterly basis in addition to the annual reporting;
4. States must submit quarterly and supplemental monthly reports to ETA. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Quarterly financial reports are required in accordance with 20 CFR 667.300. Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site visits.
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. Subject to audits by the Department of Labor or other authorized Government agencies.
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 of 1998, Public Law PL 105-220.
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 to states under a statutory formula based on the distribution of unemployed individuals by state in three categories of unemployment. There are no matching requirements. 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
Grace Kilbane, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4209, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: NO-OWI.Official@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3980 Fax: (202) 693-3587.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-0174-0-1-504; 16-0184-0-1-504 - ARRA.
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - see 17.278. (Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - see 17.277.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
20 CFR 652 et al., Federal Register of August 2000.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.