WIOA Adult Program

The Adult Program is one of the six core programs authorized by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The program serves individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs.

It enables workers to obtain good jobs by providing them with job search assistance
and training opportunities.

Under WIOA, the Adult Program will ensure that the unemployed and other job seekers have access to high-quality workforce services, and that priority for services will be given to those who are public assistance recipients, low-income individuals, and/or basic skills deficient.

In addition, the program will provide individuals with disabilities access to high quality workforce services, and better prepare them for competitive, integrated employment.

Performance program measures include entry into unsubsidized employment, earnings, skills and credentials attainment.

The employment goals are measured by using the Unemployment Insurance Wage Records Information System whenever possible.

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


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Job Services North Dakota $ 5,267,546   2021-04-012024-06-30
Labor And Industrial Relations, Hawaii Department Of $ 7,842,695   2021-04-012024-06-30
Republic Of Palau $ 266,080   2020-04-012023-06-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 13,916,649   2019-04-012022-06-30
Republic Of Palau $ 261,914   2019-04-012022-06-30
Labor, Maine Department Of $ 4,298,706   2018-10-012021-06-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 13,251,153   2018-04-012021-06-30
Virgin Islands Department Labor $ 2,109,477   2018-04-012021-06-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 12,883,339   2018-04-012021-06-30
Labor, Delaware Department Of $ 6,779,027   2018-04-012021-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget Program data not yet available. Fiscal Year 2017: Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available. Fiscal Year 2018: Program budget is available at: https://www.doleta.gov/budget/ Program data not yet available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

WIOA specifies that most services for adults will be provided through the American Job Center Network, also known as one-stop career centers or workforce centers.

It authorizes that funds be used to provide career services, which are classified into two categories: basic and individualized services.

Basic services are available to all job seekers and include labor exchange services, labor market information, job listings, and information on partner programs.

Individualized services include training and supportive services, such as child care and needs-related payments.

These are made available to individuals after an interview, assessment or evaluation determines that the individual requires training to obtain employment.

These training services will be linked to job opportunities in their communities, including occupational training, work-based training and basic skills training.

To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, some participants use an 'Individual Training Account (ITA)' to select an appropriate training program from an eligible training provider.

Consistent with the allowable activities in the statute.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Under WIOA, the entities eligible to receive funding from the Department are the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas.

Funds are allotted based on a statutory formula.

The states in turn allocate funds to local workforce development boards which are responsible for operating American Job Centers (approximately 2,400 nationwide).

Beneficiary Eligibility

All adults 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive career services. Several populations receive priority, with States and local areas being responsible for establishing procedures for applying the priority requirements. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. Priority for career and training services must be given to public assistance recipients, other low income populations, and low-skilled individuals.


Formula-funded programs must submit a Governor/Secretary Agreement and a State Plan. States also sign a grant document agreeing to comply with the Act and regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Governor must submit a single WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with planning guidance issued through the Federal Register. The planning guidance provides detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan, and provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services, including the WIOA Title I programs, Title III Wagner-Peyser Activities, and WIOA Titles II and IV programs housed with the Department of Education. The Combined State Plan includes the six 'core' programs of the Unified Plan as well as other workforce development programs administered by the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. States submit the Unified or Combined State Plan to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Heather Fleck), Division of WIOA Adult Services and Workforce System, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4209, 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.


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


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and amends the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This regulation has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently pending publication in the Federal Register. Only the version published in the Federal Register is the official regulation., Public Law 113-128.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 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 WIOA or the WIOA 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 Innovation and Opportunity Act, Public Law 113-128. 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 every year to a State in two portions during a program year and are available for expenditure by the State for that program year and the two succeeding program years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reporting requires: 1.

WIOA Annual Report 2.

WIOA Annual Report narrative 3.

Files documenting program performance, which include data of both program participants and exiters on a quarterly basis, in addition to the annual reporting 4.

Quarterly Financial Reports Note: Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Quarterly Financial Reports.

Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on a risk assessment.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $813,000,000; FY 17 est $813,000,000; and FY 18 est $808,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

WIOA formula grant amounts vary annually and are published in the Federal Register.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

WIOA Final Rule (DOL only), 20 CFR Part 603, 651, 652 et.al., and WIOA Joint Final Rule (DOL and Education), 20 CFR Part 676, 677, 678 are available at: https://www/doleta.gov/wioa/Final_Rules_Resources.cfm

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

Robert Kight 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-4203, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: kight.robert@dol.gov Phone: 202-693-3937

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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