WIA Evaluation

To provide for the continuing evaluation of programs and activities carried out under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: A Review of State Workforce Development and Unemployment Insurance Policy Responses to the Current Economic Recession and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: The study will: (1) document actions and decisions states are taking in implementing the key workforce development provisions of the ARRA; (2) document and categorize the UI policy actions taken by states in response to the recession and UI provisions of the ARRA; and (3) conduct in-depth case studies in a sample of states.

The study is being conducted over a two-year period and features several waves of surveys and fieldwork.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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 - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: In fiscal year 2009, one grant for WIA evalaution was awarded. Fiscal Year 2010: ETA expects to award no grants for Evaluation in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: ETA expects to award no grants for Evaluation in FY 2010.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Evaluations are conducted for the purpose of improving the management and effectiveness of employment and training programs carried out under the Workforce Investment Act.

Such evaluations address the general effectiveness of training programs in relation to their costs, the effectiveness of performance measures, the effectiveness of service delivery structures and mechanisms, the impacts of programs on communities and participants, the extent to which programs meet the needs of various demographic groups, and other factors.

Evaluations are required to use appropriate methodologies and research designs, including random assignment.

100 percent of funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

There are no formal guidelines or conditions applicants must meet other than that they have demonstrated financial responsibility and competence to fulfill the terms of the grant and demonstrated employment and training evaluation skills.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funds are used to evaluate programs serving a wide variety of individuals. Major target groups include the unemployed and economically disadvantaged youth and adults.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. None

Award Procedures

Evaluation grants are typically awarded in response to unsolicited proposals. Such proposals are reviewed by program and technical experts in the Employment and Training Administration and approved by the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.


Not Applicable.


Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Part Subtitle D, Section 172, Public Law 105-220.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Extensions are available on approval.

Assistance Considerations

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 evaluations last one to two years; however, some last up to seven years. Funds must be spent within five years following the fiscal year awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports should be proposed in the application.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Reports address quarterly progress in terms of completing the tasks specified in the statement of work, identification of problems and plans for the resolution of those problems, and plans for the upcoming quarter.

Quarterly reports showing grant expenditures for current quarter and to date are required.

Performance monitoring is done by the Grant Officer"s Technical Representative in accordance with Federal Acquisition and Department of Labor Management Series guidelines.


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.


Grantees 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 contract. Records are to be maintained for three 3 years from the date of final payment or until the grant officer authorizes earlier disposal.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 09 $2,000,000; FY 10 est $0; FY 11 est $0 - Program awards are still being tracked.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Daniel Ryan U. S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Ryan.Dan@DOL.gov Phone: 202-693-3649 Fax: 202-693-2766

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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