The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act includes $2 billion over four years for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program.
These resources will help community colleges and other institutions develop, improve, and provide education and training, suitable for workers who are eligible for trade adjustment assistance.
The initiative will be housed at the Department of Labor and implemented in close cooperation with the Department of Education.
Specific rules and requirements are published in the Solicitation for Grant Application.
Approximately one hundred percent of available funds are used for discretionary activities.
Grant opportunities are published in the Federal Register.
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.
1002), but only with respect to a program offered by the institution that can be completed in not more than 2 years.
Please refer to the Solicitation for Grant Application for specific eligibility.
See Uses Section Above.
See Information Above.
Grantees must demonstrate an educational capacity need in their community and the impact that the new capacity will have on training workers in that community. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Section 278 of the Trade Act of 1974 as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 requires community outreach to employers and other entities such as the workforce system to identify shortcomings in existing educational and career training opportunities available to workers in the community and any future employment opportunities within the community.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circulars No. A-21, A-110, A-122, A-133 apply to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGAs) in the Federal Register and also on ETA"s Internet Web site at http://www.doleta.gov. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The SGA provides all of the necessary information for applying for federal assistance.
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. Generally, the procedure is as follows: A technical review panel composed of federal staff and peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each application and the cumulative rating. Selections are made based on the best rated proposals, as well as other factors as cited in the SGA. Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA website at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.
Trade Act of 1974 as amended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, 19 U.S.C 2372a(b); Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days. ETA announces grant recipients once the paneling process is complete (see above).
Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.
Renewals with funds are not available. However, with significant justification ETA may elect to exercise its option to award no-cost extensions to these grants for an additional period at its own discretion, based on the success of the program and other relevant factors.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects last 1 to 3 years. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements
No program reports are required.
No cash reports are required.
Quarterly progress reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter.
Quarterly financial reports are required within 45 days following the end of the quarter.
Final progress reports are required no later than 90 days after all grant funds have been expended, or the period of grant funds availability has expired.
Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk monitoring, and on-site reviews.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
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 authorizes earlier disposal.
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $0; FY 11 est $500,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
We expect grant awards to be no lower than $2.5 million per award. Please see Solicitation for Grant Application for details.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Provided in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Applications.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest Employment and Training Administration regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Jennifer W. Troke, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, N-4643, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 693-3949 Fax: (202) 693-3890.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable Solicitation for Grant Application.