WIA Dislocated Worker Formula Grants

To reemploy dislocated workers, improve the quality of the workforce, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation"s economy by providing workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment
by the participants.

This program is designed to increase employment, as measured by entry into unsubsidized employment, retention in unsubsidized employment after entry into employment, and extent of recovery of prior earnings.

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.

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.

Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Outcomes are published annually and posted on the Internet at:
www.doleta.gov/Performance/eta_default.cfm. Fiscal Year 2009: Performance plans are published annually and posted on the Internet at:
www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/main.htm#budget. Fiscal Year 2010: Once finalized, Department of Labor budgets are posted on the Internet and are available at:

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Act authorizes three levels of service, which are available to all job seekers.

"Core" services include outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information, and are available to all jobseekers.

"Intensive" services include more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling, and career planning, and are available to those who could not find employment through core services.

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.

Funds reserved by the Secretary are also used for technical assistance and training and demonstration programs.

Funds must be used in accordance with the statute and regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Employment/Labor/Management; Training.


Territories and possessions: Employment/Labor/Management

Beneficiary Eligibility



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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The governor submits a single Strategic State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning guidance, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The planning guidance provide 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

Formula Funds: 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.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Subtitle B, Chapter 5 , Title I, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C 9201; The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, Title VIII, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. State plans will be reviewed in accordance with 20 CFR 661.220(e), which provides that the Secretary must approve all state plans within 90 days of their submission, unless the Secretary determines in writing that: (1) the state plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I of WIA or the WIA regulations, including 29 CFR Part 37; or (2) the portion of the state plan impacting the Wagner-Peyser Act plan does not satisfy the criteria for approval in section 8(d) of the Wagner-Peyser Act or the Wagner-Peyser Act regulations at 20 CFR Part 652.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Workforce Investment Act of 1998 , Public Law 105-220.

This program has no matching requirements.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula funds are allotted to states under a statutory formula based on the distribution of unemployed individuals by state in three categories of unemployment. There are no matching requirements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are submitted annually.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Quarterly financial reports are required in accordance with 20 CFR 667.300.

Regional Federal Project Officers conduct monitoring using risk assessments, desk reviews, and on-site visits.


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. Subject to audits by the Department of Labor or other authorized Government agencies.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0184-0-1-504 - ARRA; 16-0174-0-1-504.


(Formula Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $1,241,000,000; FY 10 est $0. (Formula Grants) FY 08 $1,001,000,000; FY 09 est $971,000,000; FY 10 est $1,130,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Formula fund grants ranged from $ 1,950,897 to $ 212,284,647.
Recovery Act grants ranged from $ 2,039,325 to $ 221,906,888.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

20 CFR 652 et al., Federal Register of August 2000.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Margaret Ewell, 200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Room S-4209, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: ewell.maggie@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3160 Fax: (202) 693-3160

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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