WIOA Pilots, Demonstrations, and Research Projects

Address national employment and training issues through demonstrations, pilot projects, and applied research that have interstate validity and will aid policymakers and stakeholders in addressing these issues and for continuous improvement of the public workforce system.

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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 the nearest ETA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Labor, Maryland Department Of $ 1,799,422   2021-07-012024-06-30
Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Department Of $ 2,507,918   2021-07-012024-06-30
Mississippi Department Of Employment Security $ 2,510,575   2021-07-012024-06-30
Workforce Development, Indiana Dept Of $ 2,500,610   2021-07-012024-06-30
Workforce Services, Arkansas Division Of $ 2,510,575   2021-07-012024-06-30
Executive Office Of The State Of Idaho $ 1,000,000   2019-07-012022-06-30
Labor And Workforce Development, New Jersey Department Of $ 1,000,000   2019-07-012022-06-30
North Carolina Department Of Commerce $ 1,110,000   2019-07-012022-06-30
State Of Maine $ 998,737   2019-07-012022-06-30
Illinois Department Commerce & Economic Opportunity $ 1,110,000   2019-07-012022-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects shall include demonstration of innovative direct services or improvements to existing service strategies for individuals to enhance employment opportunities, and include a rigorous research or evaluation component and support the Department of Labor?s stated strategic goal of ?Good Jobs for Everyone,? by: (1) Preparing workers for good jobs; (2) For those not working, providing income security; (3) Focusing on key segments of the workforce; (4) Building a comprehensive workforce system through innovative approaches; and (5) Evaluating program effectiveness. The Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI), also included under pilots, demonstration, and research, provides funding to states for the development of, or enhancement to, state workforce longitudinal administrative databases.

Grants and contracts awarded for carrying out demonstration and pilot projects under this subsection are intended to be awarded only on a competitive basis, except that a noncompetitive award may be made in the case of a project that is funded jointly with other public or private sector entities that provide a portion of the funding for the project.

WDQI grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

100 percent of the funds are discretionary, excluding a significant portion directed by Congress for use on specific projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments, Federal agencies, private non-profit and for-profit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and educational institutions.

Note: Applicant eligibility may be restricted to one or more applicant classes under the particular announcement or solicitation. Only states and U.S.

territories are eligible to apply for WDQI grants.

These funds are used to develop, or enhance, state IT systems established as longitudinal administrative databases for the long-term analysis of individual data from pre-K through the workforce to determine the effectiveness of education and training programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Generally limited to the economically disadvantaged and those who are underemployed, unemployed, need to upgrade their skills in order to retain jobs, at-risk youth, and/or to those who have barriers to employ ability. With WDQI funding, states are required to develop a scorecard, using their longitudinal administrative database, that will display information in a consumer-friendly manner. These scorecards will help inform consumer-choice when selecting workforce training providers.


Non-governmental entities ordinarily must furnish documentary evidence of adequate financial controls. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Generally, the procedure is as follows: 1) A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluates eligible submitted applications; 2) The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating; 3) Once selections are made by the Grant Officer, an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification; and 4) After awardees are notified, the list of awardees is posted on the ETA Web site at www.doleta.gov. If an application is rejected, a letter is sent to the applicant.


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; The Workforce Investment Act, Public Law 105-220.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 90 days.


Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable FOA.


Project extensions available upon approval by the Grant Officer (renewals are not automatic). Requests for extensions or renewals must be submitted in writing along with supporting justification for the renewal.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects last one to two years. WDQI grants have a period of performance of three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Most grants and contracts are awarded on a fixed cost basis. The Grant Officer issues a Notice of Obligation when the grant is awarded.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required for accountability purposes.

Cash reports are required for accounting purposes.

Quarterly progress reports on all grants awarded are a mandatory requirement of all solicitations.

Monthly progress reports are required for contracts/task orders.

Quarterly expenditure reports on all grants awarded are a mandatory requirement of all solicitations.

Monthly expenditure reports are required for contracts/task orders.

Performance monitoring is done by the Contracting Officer Representative or Federal Project Officer in accordance with Federal Acquisition or Department of Labor Management Series Guidelines.


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.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,000,000; FY 17 est $6,000,000; and FY 18 est $6,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant amounts vary and are influenced by the complexity of the initiative being studied. A general range of grant amounts would be $200,000 to $1 million and an average $500,000. WDQI grant award amounts are influenced by the total amount available funding as determined by the appropriation.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Notices of FOAs are published periodically in the Federal Register, on grants.gov, and on the ETA Web site at www.doleta.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the nearest ETA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Wayne S. Gordon 200 Constitution Ave, N.W. Room N-5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: gordon.wayne@dol.gov Phone: 2026933179

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable FOA.

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