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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
17.258 WIA Adult Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AUTHORIZATION:

Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C. 9201.
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To provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by the participants. This aims to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy. This program is designed to increase employment, as measured by entry into unsubsidized employment, retention in unsubsidized employment six months after entry into employment, and wage gain. For cross-cutting goals, the program intends to enhance customer satisfaction for participants and for employers. The employment goals will be measured using Unemployment Insurance Wage Records systems and customer satisfaction goals will be measured by sampling.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

The Act specifies that most services for adults will be provided through One Stop Career Centers. The Act authorizes three levels of service which are available to all jobseekers. "Core" services include outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information. "Intensive" services include more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning. Those customers who cannot find employment through intensive services may receive "training" services linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, participants use an "individual training account" to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider. The Act also authorizes the provision of supportive services (e.g., transportation and child care assistance) to enable an individual to participate in the program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   The only 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 Investment Boards (approximately 600), by formula.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   All adults 18 years and older are eligible for core services. Priority for intensive and training services must be given to recipients of public assistance and other low- income individuals where funds are limited. States and local areas are responsible for establishing procedures for applying the priority requirements.

Credentials/Documentation:   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.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   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:   For Title I formula grants, the Governor submits a State Plan to the Employment and Training Administration, Raymond Uhalde, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S2307, Washington, DC 20210. This program is covered under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from E.O.12372.

Award Procedure:   Funds are allocated by statutory formula to States by the National Office of the Employment and Training Administration.

Deadlines:   Each State shall submit its State Plan on or before the date set by the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   A State Plan submitted to the Secretary by the Governor shall be considered to be approved by the Secretary at the end of the 90-day period beginning on the day the Secretary receives the plan, unless the Secretary makes a written determination, during the 90-day period, that the plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I.

Appeals:   Contact the Headquarters Office to obtain information on appeal procedures.

Renewals:   None.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Title I Adult Training Activities funds are allocated to States under the formula described in the Act, which includes three factors based on the national distribution of unemployed individuals and disadvantaged adults.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Formula funds allotted to a State are available for expenditure by the State for that program year and the two succeeding program years.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Reporting requirements as specified by the Secretary in accordance with 20 CFR 667.300.

Audits:   Audit of the States and Workforce Investment Areas will be conducted in accordance with 20 CFR 667.200.

Records:   States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   16-0174-0-1-504.

Obligations:   (Formula Grants) Program operates on a Program Year (PY) beginning July 1 and ending June 30. FY 01 $900,000,000; FY 02 est $950,000,000; and FY 03 est $900,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
WIOA formula grant amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In PY 2001 approximately 296,800 participants were served. Budget estimates for program year 2002, call for 414,800 individuals to be served.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

20 CFR 652 al. Federal Register of August 2000.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

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, District of Columbia 20210 Email: kight.robert@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3937

Web Site Address:  
http://www.doleta.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

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