Agencies Moving Forward on Law Implementation

Comments on the proposed regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (PL 113-128) aren’t due until June 15 (), but the Employment and Training Admin. (DOL) and Education Dept. aren’t waiting around to implements its provisions. WIOA is the reauthorized Workforce Investment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last summer.

For example, ETA has offered the final funding allotments that states will receive for the WIOA youth, adult and dislocated worker activities and Wagner-Peyser and workforce opportunities programs. These funding programs are authorized through Title I of WIOA. The agency is accepting comments on the funding allotments through June 3.

Title I authorizes formula programs where ETA allots yearly funding via yearly formulas to states, which then make subawards to local workforce offices and employment service providers. A Federal Register notice offers state-by-state funding charts for each of the following programs.

WIA Youth Activities (more than $831 million): The program serves eligible low-income youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment.

WIA Adult/Dislocated Worker Activities (more than $776 million for Adult Activities and $1.2 billion for Dislocated Worker Activities): The WOIA adult program aims to increase the employment, job retention, earnings, and career advancement of U.S. workers. The dislocated workers program assists workers who have been laid off or have been notified that they will be terminated or laid off. A website offers additional details on these efforts.

Wagner-Peyser (Employment Services) (more than $664 million): This program funds one-stop career centers to provide services to businesses seeking skilled workers, employment assistance to individuals and workforce and economic information services to all customers.

Workforce Information Grants ($32 million for awards): These funds go for states to produce and oversee quality workforce data systems.

Final incentive awards announced

While these funding programs were reauthorized, another effort, WIA incentive grants, weren’t so lucky. Under WIA, states that exceeded performance levels for certain programs in previous fiscal years could vie for incentive grants. The final incentive grant program will reward states that exceeded expectations in FY 2013 for certain types of employment and education programs including Title I programs. Minnesota, North Dakota and Rhode Island can apply by June 15 for $9 million in the final competition for incentive awards.

WIOA authorizes workforce programs at ETA and adult literacy and education programs at the Education Dept. thus both agencies collaborate on state eligiblilty for incentive grants. The current funds, which were contributed by DoEd, are available for the eligible states to use through June 30, 2017, to support innovative workforce development and education activities. A Federal Register notice offers additional details. Those with questions can e-mail Luke Murren at Murren.Luke@dol.gov.

Incentive grants are still around under WIOA, but are focused on local accomplishments. States will offer incentive payments at the local level to improve performance, such as local boards and one-stop centers adopting or enhancing the practice of entering into pay-for-performance contracts with service providers. WIOA’s proposed regulations offer additional details on incentive efforts. Comments on the proposed regulations are due June 15.

Contact: Evan Rosenberg (youth questions), 202/693-3593; LaSharn Youngblood (youth questions), 202/693-3606; Robert Kight (adult, dislocated worker and employment service questions), 202/693-3937; Kim Vitelli (workforce information grants), 202/693-3639.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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