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17.267 WIA Incentive Grants_Section 503 Grants to States

FEDERAL AGENCY:

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR; OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, Section 503, 20 U.S.C. 9273; Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Perkins Act), Public Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.
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To carry out innovative programs consistent with the purposes of Title I of WIA (Workforce Investment Systems), Title II of WIA (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), 20 U.S.C. 9201 et seq.), the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Public Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) or a combination of two or more of these acts.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

States have great flexibility in using these funds and are not limited to conducting only one type of innovative program. However, the use of grant funds must be consistent with WIA Section 503, including the requirement that they be used for innovative programs which further the purposes of WIA Titles I and II and/or the Perkins Act. In addition, grantees must comply with the requirements of whichever program the innovation affects. For example, if the incentive funds will be used for innovations in the delivery of youth activities under WIA Title I, the program must be consistent with WIA Title I provisions applicable to youth activities and the WIA regulations at 20 CFR part 664. States must submit a plan describing the innovative activities to be funded with this grant. States are expected to use funds for services and activities: (1) beyond those provided with regular funds from the three programs, particularly those authorized by one of these programs and another program; (2) which serve the needs of populations intended to be served by one or more of these programs; and (3) targeted to improving the performance of State systems of employment, training, and education. In addition, States are encouraged to plan activities that promote cooperation and collaboration among the agencies administering WIA Title I, AEFLA, and Perkins Act programs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   States, including Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. A listing of States eligible to receive incentive grants for program year 2000 performance was published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2002 (67 FR 22119-22121). To qualify for a grant, a State must exceed performance levels agreed to by the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Labor, the Governor, and the State Education Officer, for outcomes in Titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Perkins Act (Public Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.), which include placement after training, retention in employment, and improvement in literacy levels, among other measures.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   States, including Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   The application must include assurances that: The State legislature was consulted with respect to the development of the application; the application was approved by the Governor, the eligible agency for adult education, as defined in WIA Section 203(4) (20 U.S.C. 9202(4); and the State agency responsible for vocational and technical education programs, as defined in Perkins Act Section 3(9) (20 U.S.C. 2302(9)); and The State and the eligible agency, as appropriate, exceeded the State adjusted levels of performance for WIA Title I, the State adjusted levels of performance for AEFLA, and the performance levels established for Perkins Act programs. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGAs) are published in the Federal Register. Eligible States must submit an original and two copies of the SF 424, assurances, and the description of the planned use of grant funds. Electronic submissions are allowable so long as the electronic signatures are included. Review of applications is only for the purpose of assuring compliance with the applicable statutes. ETA will coordinate review of applications with the Department of Education.

Award Procedure:   Awards are made directly to State applicant agencies by the Employment and Training Administration.

Deadlines:   Forty-five days from publication in the Federal Register to submission.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals:   Appeal procedures are at 20 CFR part 667, subpart H.

Renewals:   Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   There are no matching requirements for this program. The formula used for determining the amount of funds available to each eligible State is based on each State's relative share of the combined WIA Title I, AEFLA, and Perkins Act formula grants awarded to that State. The amount each State is eligible to receive is determined by the Departments of Education and the Labor and is based on WIA section 503(c) (20 U.S.C.9273(c)) which provides minimum and maximum award amounts and procedures for proportionate reductions where insufficient appropriations are available.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Funds are awarded on a program year (July to June) basis and are available for expenditure for two years (the year of award and the succeeding year).

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Reporting requirements are specified in the grant document.

Audits:   Audits shall be conducted in accordance with 20 CFR 667.200(b).

Records:   States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with DOL uniform administrative requirements in 29 CFR, Sections 97.20 and 97.42.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

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

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01- WIA Title V - $27,580,600. (Source DOL $12,000,000, AEFLA (DOEd) $9,640,600, Perkins (DOEd) $5,940,000); FY 02 est not available; and FY 03 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
For PY13 awards, each eligible state received $3,000,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
None, this is a new program.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

20 CFR 666.200 - 666.230; Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 20-01, dated April 30, 2002.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. Federal Project Officers for those states receiving the awards.

Headquarters Office:   Luke A. Murren Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: murren.luke@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3733

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

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

None.

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