Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities

Agency - Department of Labor

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.

Office - Contact the nearest office of the local One-Stop Career Center or state workforce agency by checking the local telephone directory or visit the Web site, America's Service Locator at www.servicelocator.org.
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Program Accomplishments

Program accomplishments are published annually in the Annual Report. The report may be obtained from the Division of Adult Services, 200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Room C 4512, Washington, DC 20210 or on the Employment and Training Administration Web page at http://www.doleta.gov.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices which is known as the Employment Service.

Wagner-Peyser was amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 making the Employment Service part of the One- Stop delivery system.

The Wagner-Peyser funded activities are an integral part of the One Stop delivery system that provides an integrated array of high-quality services so that workers, job seekers, and businesses can access the services they need under one roof in easy-to-reach locations, with many services also offered through self-service electronic access.

These services includes assessment of skill levels, abilities and aptitudes, career guidance when appropriate, job search workshops, and referral to training as appropriate.

The services offered to employers, in addition to referral of job seekers to job openings, include matching job requirements with job seeker experience, skills and other attributes, helping with special recruitment needs, assisting employers analyze hard-to-fill job orders, assisting with job restructuring and helping employers deal with layoffs.

Additional services may include: 1) a computerized career information system including access to state job bank resources and institutions and organizations that provide training; 2) the development and distribution of state and local workforce information which allows job seekers, employers, and providers and planners of job training and economic development to obtain information pertaining to job opportunities, labor supply, labor market or workforce trends, and the market situation in particular industries.

Veterans receive priority referral to jobs as well as special employment services and assistance.

In addition, the system provides specialized service to individuals with disabilities, as well as, such groups as Indians and Native Americans, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, ex-offenders, youth, and older workers.

These Wagner-Peyser-funded programs involve a Federal-state partnership between the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the state workforce agency.

The Federal government provides general direction, funding, and oversight.

In addition the Federal government partners with states to provide for a number of tools and resources such as development and maintenance of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), Analyst Resource Center, and CareerOneStop (www.careeronestop.org), a self-service, integrated suite of workforce information Web sites that provide career resources and workforce information to businesses, job seekers, students, and workforce professionals.

CareerOneStop includes: 1.

Career InfoNet (www.careerinfonet.org) which helps individuals explore their career opportunities to make informed career choices by providing national, state, and local career information and workforce data; 2.

America's Service Locator (www.servicelocator.org) which connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at their local One-Stop Career Center and links them to a range of local workforce services; 3.

Career Voyages (www.careervoyages.gov) which provides information on in-demand occupations in high-growth industries along with skills and education requirements to advance in a career path toward a brighter future; 4.

O*Net Online (http://online.onetcenter.org) is the nation's primary source of occupational skills and competency information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations; 5.

Competency Model Clearinghouse (www.careeronestop.org/CompetencyModel) which provides access to competency models for careers in high-growth industries, giving educators, the workforce system, and businesses a common industry-driven framework for developing curriculum, and increasing awareness of industry skill requirements; 6.KeytoCareerSuccess(www.careeronestop.org/militarytransition) offers career information and links to services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers; and, 7.

Online Coaches (www.workforcetools.org/online_coach.asp) which provide interactive, step-by-step instructions on using ETA-funded Web-based tools.Under Wagner -Peyser Act Section 7(b), ten percent of the total sums allotted to each state workforce agency shall be reserved for use by the governor to provide performance incentives; services for groups with special needs; and for the extra costs of exemplary models for delivering job services.

In addition, a Toll Free Help Lines is funded to provide customer service: 1-877-US2-JOBS or TTY 1-877-889-5627.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All employers seeking workers, persons seeking employment, and associated groups. Priority of service is given to veterans; veterans with disabilities receive preferential treatment over other veterans.


Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 as codified in 41 CFR 1-15.7 for state and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

State workforce agencies are provided preliminary planning estimates in January of each year preceding the program year for which funds are allotted.

Final planning estimates are issued annually by late March.

The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The governor submits a single Strategic State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidance provides detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan. The Unified Planning Guidance provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services beyond WIA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, including non-DOL programs and other DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Janet Sten), Division of Workforce System Support, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4231, Washington, DC 20210.

Award Procedures

Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation.


Established each year (contact Federal agency for deadline for application submission).


Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933, 48 Stat. 113 as amended, Public Law 105-220; Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

As provided in regulations.


As provided in regulations.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are allotted to each state workforce agency in accordance with the formula set forth at Section 6 of the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. 493). The formula is based on each state's share of the civilian labor force and unemployment. The Secretary of Labor is required to set aside up to three percent of the total available funds to assure that each state workforce agency will have sufficient resources to maintain statewide Wagner-Peyser-funded activities, as required under Section 6(b)(4) of the Wagner-Peyser Act. There are no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula funds are provided at the beginning of a program year and are available for expenditure during that program year and the succeeding two program years.

Post Assistance Requirements


As provided for in regulations.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), audits of states, local governments, and nonprofit 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.


Standard records for audits are required.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 07 $729,000,000; FY 08 est $704,000,000; and FY 09 est $0 (Project Grants) FY 07 $107,000,000; FY 08 est $54,000,000; and FY 09 est $33,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No established range.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

20 CFR Part 652 - Establishment and Functioning of State Employment Services: Part 662 - Description of the One-Stop System under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Part 663 - Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Subpart A - Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services Through the One-Stop Service Delivery System; Part 1001-Services for Veterans.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the nearest office of the local One-Stop Career Center or state workforce agency by checking the local telephone directory or visit the Web site, America's Service Locator at www.servicelocator.org.

Headquarters Office

Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Contact: Christine Ollis, Division Chief, Adult Services, Room C-4510. Telephone: (202) 693-33046.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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