Reentry Employment Opportunities

This program includes both reentry grants focused on serving returning adults and youth focused grants aimed at youth involved or at risk of involvement in crime and violence.

The objectives of the adult reentry grants include increasing the employment, employment retention, and earnings rate

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of released individuals while also decreasing their rate of recidivism.

The objectives of the youthful reentry grants include preventing in-school youth from dropping out of school, increasing the employment rate of out-of-school youth, increasing the reading and math skills of youth, reducing the involvement of youth in crime and violence, and reducing the recidivism rate of youth.

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.

Website Address

http://www.doleta.gov





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Midwest Urban Strategies, Inc. $ 3,504,541   2020-07-012023-12-31
Family Health International $ 4,298,500   2020-07-012023-12-31
Grid Alternatives $ 2,388,759   2020-07-012023-12-31
Pathstone Corporation $ 4,500,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Opportunities Industrialization Centers Of America, Inc. $ 4,500,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
National Urban League, Inc. $ 4,500,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Goodwill Industries International, Inc. $ 4,500,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Workforce, Inc. $ 4,000,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Volunteers Of America, Inc. $ 4,000,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Mental Health Association Of Oregon, The $ 3,967,635   2020-07-012023-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2015: Entered Employment Rate Non-Youth: 59.5 percent Employment Retention Rate Non-Youth: 66.5 percent Placement Rate for Youth Ages 18 and Above: 61.2 percent Recidivism Rate Youth Ages 17 and Below: 12.8 percent Recidivism Rate Youth Ages 18 and Above: 8.2 percent. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Services under the adult reentry grants include assistance in finding employment, mentoring, job training, remedial education, and other comprehensive transitional services.

Services under the youth focused grants include a wide array of educational, employment, mentoring, case management, violence reduction, diversion, and record expungement services.

Restrictions for specific projects are listed in grant announcements.

One hundred percent of these funds are set aside for discretionary activities to be distributed almost exclusively through competitive procurements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) grants are community-based organizations (CBOs) that are located in, or have a staff presence in the community being served.

Eligible applicants for youth focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.

Examples of possible eligible applicants include community-based organizations, school districts, state and local government juvenile justice agencies, tribal entities, and entities carrying out activities under WIOA, such as local Workforce Investment Boards or American Job Centers.

Eligible applicants for adult focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Adult grants serve individuals, 18 years old and older, who have been convicted as an adult and have been imprisoned for violating a state or federal law, and who have never been convicted of a sex-related offense. Depending on the solicitation, enrollment may be limited based on whether the presenting offense was violent or whether the individual has previously committed a violent crime. Eligible applicants for youth focused grants vary depending on the solicitation.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, announced in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), in Grants.gov and also on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov. Notices of the availability of FOAs may be published in the Federal Register. To compete for a grant, organizations develop a proposal and budget that demonstrate how the organization will provide services to a targeted population. The FOA provides all of the necessary information for applying for Federal assistance.

Award Procedures

Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals. The general procedure is as follows. A technical review panel composed of staff from ETA program offices as well as peer reviewers evaluate submitted and eligible applications. The panel prepares a report for the ETA Grant Officer identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the application and the cumulative rating. Once recommendations are made by the Grant Officer and approved by the Secretary of Labor an Award Notification is sent through the appropriate congressional channels for notification. 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 as notification that they were not selected as a recipient of the grant.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

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., Executive Order 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. 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.

Appeals

From 60 to 90 days. Procedures for each project are specified in the applicable request for proposals.

Renewals

> 180 Days. ETA may provide no-cost extensions at its own discretion based on the success of the project and other relevant factors.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance varies by grant announcement. The possibility of additional years of funding varies by grant announcement. Payments to grantees are usually made by Letter of Credit draw-down procedures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Quarterly progress reports are required.

Depending on the solicitation, grantees also may be required to participate in DOL's Management Information System data collection system.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

Regional Federal Project Officers are responsible for monitoring performance.

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. Varies

Records

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 of whatever nature 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

16-0174-0-1-504 - Project Grants.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $73,000,000; FY 17 est $79,000,000; and FY 18 est $85,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average of financial assistance varies by grant announcement. Adult focused grants have recently varied from $680,000 to $1.4 million for two years of operation. Youth offender grants have recently varied from $800,000 to $5 million for two years of operation.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Specified in Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Richard G. Morris, 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Room N-4511, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: morris.richard@dol.gov Phone: (202) 693-3603 Fax: (202) 693-3113.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for each proposal are specified in the applicable request for proposals.



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