WIOA Dislocated Worker National Reserve Technical Assistance and Training


To support the coordination, development, and provision of appropriate training, technical assistance, staff development, and other activities, including assistance in replicating programs of demonstrated effectiveness to States, local areas, and other entities involved in providing assistance to dislocated workers, as well as promoting the continuous improvement of assistance provided to dislocated workers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

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
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 DWTAT funds are used to provide technical assistance and transition to full WIOA implementation. For instance, this fund source has been used to support the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS), State Wage Interchange System (SWIS), and Common Reporting Information System (CRIS), as well as technical assistance contracts and the Workforce IT Support Center. DWTAT funds are generally awarded through contracts and range from very small, targeted activities of just over $6,000 to much larger projects of approximately $3.5 million for the year; ETA awards approximately $11 million per year in DWTAT projects.
Fiscal Year 2022 In Fiscal Year 2021, the Employment and Training Administration published a solicitation to establish a Technical Assistance (TA) Collaborative to provide effective and efficient delivery of technical assistance to the public workforce system to promote the continuous improvement of services and outcomes provided to job seekers and employers. The desired result of the TA Collaborative is to establish a comprehensive and coordinated approach to improving services and outcomes of the public workforce system. In Fiscal Year 2022, ETA awarded a $3.5 million cooperative agreement to Safal Partners LLC to establish a Workforce System Technical Assistance Collaborative that will facilitate peer learning and information sharing, and provide access to subject matter experts to help jobseekers obtain employment and employers hire and retain skilled workers. The funding supports a coordinated approach to technical assistance to help workforce boards and operators deliver quality services. Safal will partner with the National Association of Workforce Boards, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and Third Sector Capital Partners to form the collaborative. The Collaborative will assist workforce boards and others in the workforce system in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs and in achieving equity in service delivery and outcomes for people of color and historically marginalized populations, including individuals with disabilities.
Fiscal Year 2023 In Fiscal Year 2022, ETA awarded a $3.5 million cooperative agreement to Safal Partners in FY 2022 to establish a Workforce System Technical Assistance Collaborative; in FY 2023, the Collaborative began work to identify needs or challenges being faced by the workforce system and developing a range of technical assistance to address needs, both for individual states or local areas but also for the broader workforce system. The Safal team and their partners developed an online community of practice called “Next Level Now” on ETA’s technical assistance website, www.workforceGPS.org. This community serves as a hub for delivering strategic, short- and long-term technical assistance to the public workforce system and partners, assisting them at the state and local level as they improve services, quality, and outcomes for jobseekers and employers. In addition to developing and disseminating field-requested TA tools and resources, the NLN Collaborative facilitates peer learning opportunities and information sharing, makes subject matter experts accessible to increase efficacy and performance, and offers assistance in applying evidence-based practices for all users. In this first year of the NLN Collaborative, activities have included developing and presenting 11 webinars on a range of topics based on requested topics or identified challenges in the workforce system, including outreach and messaging, designing and implementing equitable workforce strategies, effective partnerships, and serving returning citizens following incarceration.
Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending publication in the Federal Register. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation., Title 1, Part D, Section 168(b), Public Law 113-128
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include: State and local governments, Federal agencies, private non-profit and for profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. Note: Applicant eligibility may be restricted to one or more applicant classes under the particular announcement or solicitation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funds are used to promote the continuous improvement of assistance provided to dislocated workers.
Non-Governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls.
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. Applicants submit application to US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Award Procedure
The Grant Officer issues a Notice of Obligation to the grantee providing the dollar amount, purpose of the funds and the terms and conditions of the grant, based on information provided in the application.
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Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
Grants awarded to entities other than States or local units of government that are for amounts in excess of $100,000 shall only be awarded on a competitive basis. Of the amounts available pursuant to WIA Section 132(a)(2), the National Reserve Account, the Secretary shall reserve not more than 5 percent of such amounts to provide technical assistance to States, local areas, and other entities involved in providing reemployment services to dislocated workers to promote the continuous improvement of assistance provided to dislocated workers under this title.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is done by the Contracting Officer's or Grant Officer's Technical Representative in accordance with Federal Acquisition or Department of Labor Management Series Guidelines.
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Recipients are required to maintain books, records, documents and other evidence of accounting procedures and practices sufficient to reflect properly all direct and indirect costs claimed to have been incurred for the performance of the grant. Records are to be retained for three years from the date of final payment unless the grant officer authorized earlier disposal.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Robert Kight
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 202-693-3937
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$13,000,000.00; FY 23 est $13,000,000.00; FY 24 est $16,000,000.00; FY 21$11,000,000.00; FY 20$10,000,000.00; FY 19$11,000,000.00; FY 18$9,000,000.00; FY 17$10,000,000.00; FY 16$11,000,000.00; - Grants and cooperative agreements. Contracts are excluded.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The total grant awards/cooperative agreements for PY2019/FY2020 ranges from $425,250 to $3.5 million The total grant awards/cooperative agreements for PY2018/FY2019 ranged from $425,250 to $3.5 million
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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Examples of Funded Projects
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