Incentive Grants - WIA Section 503

To carry out innovative programs consistent with the purposes of Title I of WIA (Workforce Investment Systems), Title II of WIA (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), 20 U.S.C.

9201 et seq.), the Carl D.

Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1998 (Public
Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C.

2301 et seq.) or a combination of two or more of these acts.

This is the last year of incentive grants.



The new legislation, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Public Law 113-128, did not authorize these grants.

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.

Federal Project Officers for those states receiving the awards.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Louisiana Workforce Commission $ 402,420   2013-06-282015-06-30
Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 723,672   2013-06-282015-06-30
Labor, New York Department Of $ 750,497   2013-06-282015-06-30
Mississippi Department Of Employment Security $ 605,307   2013-06-282015-06-30
Georgia Department Of Economic Development $ 269,182   2013-06-282015-06-30
Workforce Commission, Texas $ 2,651,995   2012-06-302014-06-30
Labor And Workforce Development, Tennessee Department Of-$ 33,293   2012-06-302014-06-30
Natural And Cultural Resources, New Hampshire Department Of $ 824,616   2012-06-302014-06-30
State Of Minnesota Department Of Employment & Economic Development, The $ 1,099,840   2012-06-302014-06-30
Louisiana Workforce Commission $ 936,394   2012-06-302014-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

States have great flexibility in using these funds and are not limited to conducting only one type of innovative program.

However, the use of grant funds must be consistent with WIA Section 503, including the requirement that they be used for innovative programs which further the purposes of WIA Titles I and II, AEFLA and/or the Perkins Act.

In addition, grantees must comply with the requirements of whichever program the innovation affects.

For example, if the incentive funds will be used for innovations in the delivery of youth activities under WIA Title I, the program must be consistent with WIA Title I provisions applicable to youth activities and the WIA regulations at 20 CFR part 664.

States must submit a plan describing the innovative activities to be funded with this grant.

States are expected to use funds for services and activities: (1) beyond those provided with regular funds from the three programs, particularly those authorized by one of these programs and another program; (2) which serve the needs of populations intended to be served by one or more of these programs; and (3) targeted to improving the performance of State systems of employment, training, and education.

In addition, States are encouraged to plan activities that promote cooperation and collaboration among the agencies administering WIA Title I, AEFLA, and Perkins Act programs.

States may only use funds in accordance with WIA, AEFLA, or Perkins Law III/IV.

Program Year (PY) 2013 was the last year of incentive grants as WIOA does not authorize these grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A listing of States eligible to receive incentive grants for Program Year 2013 performance was published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2015.

This is the last year that incentive grants will be awarded to states.

WIOA does not authorize these grants. Under WIA, to qualify for a grant, a State must have exceed performance levels agreed to by the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Labor, the Governor, and the State Education Officer, for outcomes in Titles I and II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the American Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), which include placement after training, retention in employment, and improvement in literacy levels, among other measures.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Regulations at 20 CFR 666.210 authorize the state to use its incentive grant award to carry out an innovative program consistent with the requirements of any one or more of the programs within Title IB or Title II of WIA or the Perkins Act. See Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 20-01, Change 13 for additional information (http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL%2020-01,Change%2013_Acc.pdf).

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation of the exceeded performance measures must be available via the annual performance report. See Training and Employment Guidance Letter 8-99 (http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL8-99.pdf) for additional information on the incentives process. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The application must include assurances that: the State legislature was consulted with respect to the development of the application; the application was approved by the Governor, the eligible agency for adult education, as defined in WIA Section 203(4) (20 U.S.C.

9202(4); and the State agency responsible for vocational and technical education programs, as defined in Perkins Act Section 3(9) (20 U.S.C.

2302(9)); and the State and the eligible agency, as appropriate, exceeded the State adjusted levels of performance for WIA Title I, the State adjusted levels of performance for AEFLA, and the performance levels established for Perkins Act programs.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Grants for projects were awarded each year to those states and territories that exceed their WIA and AEFLA performance measures. A Federal Register Notice (FRN) was published announcing the award winning states as well as the amount of the award. A Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) was published to provide guidance for the submission of the application. The FRN and the TEGL were published on the Performance Web site at https://www.doleta.gov/performance/results/incentives_sanctions.cfm. States develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how they will provide services in accordance with the WIA, AEFLA and or Perkins IV laws. ETA coordinates the review of applications with the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

States must exceed performance for WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs as well as meet performance in AEFLA. Representatives from DOL and Education review states' performance and compile a list of those states meeting both sets of performance requirements. States are allocated a share of the incentive funds based on their proportionate share of WIA and AEFLA title funds. States must submit an application indicating they will meet all requirements of WIA and AEFLA as well as Perkins IV before funds can be granted. See USDOL ETA guidance TEGL 20-01, Change 13 at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=3981 for the PY 2013 (last round) guidance.

Deadlines

May 01, 2015 to Jun 15, 2015: 45 days from FRN posting. Specified in the applicable TEGL, but generally 45 days from announcement in the Federal Register.

Authorization

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act; Unless otherwise stipulated, recipients are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule on December 26, 2013 and found at 2 CFR Part 200 along with the OMB approved exceptions for DOL at 2 CFR Part 2900 published on December 19, 2014 in the Federal Register. , 20 U.S.C 9211; Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title 1, Part B, Section 174, 503, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C 9273.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days.

Appeals

From 15 to 30 days. Appeal procedures are at 20 CFR Part 667, Subpart H.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

Funds are awarded on a program year (July to June) basis and are available for expenditure for two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.

See TEGL 14-00, Change 3, TEGL 9-07, and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance for PY 2013 (the last year of the inventive grant awards).

When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA , Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.

See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance for PY 2013 (the last year of the inventive grant awards).

When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.

See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for additional reporting guidance for PY 2013 (the last year of the inventive grant awards).

When funds are expended for programs under AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.See TEGL 14-00, Change 3 and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for reporting guidance for PY 2013 (the last year of the inventive grant awards).

When funds are expended for programs under either AEFLA, Perkins IV or WIA, the applicable program report requirements apply.

See TEGL 14-00, Change 3, TEGL 9-07, and TEGL 14-03, Change 1 for reporting guidance for PY 2013 (the last year of the inventive grant awards).

Audits

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. Audits shall be conducted in accordance with 20 CFR 667.200(b).

Records

States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with DOL uniform administrative requirements in 29 CFR Sections 97.20 and 97.42.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0174-0-1-504.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For PY13 awards, each eligible state received $3,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

20 CFR 666.200 - 666.230; Training and Employment Guidance Letters No. 20-01, change 13, TEGL 14-03, Change 1 and TEGL 14-00, Change 3.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Federal Project Officers for those states receiving the awards.

Headquarters Office

Luke A. Murren Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-5641, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: murren.luke@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3733

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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