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Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities

Wagner- Peyser Act
Number: 17.207
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employment Training Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
17.207 Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities
Federal Agency (030):
Employment Training Administration, Department of Labor
Authorization (040):
Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). On July 22, 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which reauthorizes WIA, was enacted. Implementation of program changes associated with the reauthorization will begin on July 1, 2015.
Objectives (050):
To assist persons to secure employment and workforce information by providing a variety of job search assistance and information services without charge to job seekers, including persons with disabilities and to employers seeking qualified individuals to fill job openings.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS; Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants: The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices which is known as the Employment Service. Wagner-Peyser was amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, making the Employment Service part of the American Job Center (AJC) system, also known as the One-Stop Career Center delivery system. AJCs provide an integrated array of high-quality services that workers, job seekers, and businesses can access services under one roof in easy-to-reach locations, with many services also offered through self-service electronic access. These services provide universal access to all including a variety of persons with multiple challenges to employment, including persons with disabilities.

These services include assessment of skill levels, abilities, and aptitudes, career guidance when appropriate, job search workshops, and referral to jobs or training as appropriate. The services offered to employers, in addition to referral of job seekers to job openings, include matching job requirements with job seeker experience, skills and other attributes, helping with special recruitment needs, assisting employers analyze hard-to-fill job orders, assisting with job restructuring and helping employers deal with layoffs.

Under Wagner-Peyser Act Section 7(b), ten percent of the total sums allotted to each state workforce agency shall be reserved for use by the governor to provide performance incentives; services for groups with special needs; and for the extra costs of exemplary models for delivering job services.

Labor Market Information Grants to States: This allows for the development and distribution of state and local workforce information which allows job seekers, employers, and providers and planners of job training and economic development to obtain information pertaining to job opportunities, labor supply, labor market or workforce trends, and the market situation in particular industries.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was established by Congress in 2010. Through three rounds of grant awards, DOL has awarded $81million in competitive grants to 26 state WIA-administering entities to improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and receiving Social Security disability benefits. The funds awarded via cooperative agreements, range from $1.5 to 6 million for a forty-six to forty-two month period. This funding will continue the Disability Program Navigator Initiative's effective practices, as well as other promising practices.

The DEI projects to hire staff with expertise in disability and workforce development to serve as Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) to implement their strategic service delivery approaches. The DRCs are hired at the local workforce investment areas. DEI projects support extensive partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across multiple workforce, generic, and disability systems in each state. The goal of the DEI is to promote economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities through career pathway jobs.

By October 1, 2014, DOL will have awarded a fifth round of DEI grants to fund state WIA administering entities for 42 months. DOL anticipates funding approximately eight DEI grants ranging from $1.5 million to $2.5 million,for a total of $15 million. The Round V DEI is designed to increase participation of individuals with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system, improving employment outcomes. In addition, these projects will continue to focus on developing and maintaining partnerships and collaboration, blending and braiding resources to leverage funding, and becoming active participants in the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program.

Electronic Tool grants: These include 1) a computerized career information system including access to state job bank resources and institutions and organizations that provide training and 2) the development and distribution of state and local workforce information which allows job seekers, employers, and providers and planners of job training and economic development to obtain information pertaining to job opportunities, labor supply, labor market or workforce trends, and the market situation in particular industries. For Wagner-Peyser Employment Services Grants to states, the funds must be used for labor exchange activities, labor market, and workforce information purposes. Training is not an allowable activity. The DEI is a competitively awarded grant program.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
For Wagner-Peyser Employment Service grants and Labor Market Information grants, eligible applicants include all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The DEI grant funds are available only to state WIA-administering entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The system affords universal access to all jobseekers. In addition, services are available to employers seeking workers to fill job openings. Priority of service is given to veterans and other covered persons. The individuals receive priority referral to jobs, as well as specialized employment services and assistance.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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 (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. FORMULA GRANTS: The governor submits a single Strategic State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidance provides 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 Robert Kight), Division of WIA 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.

DEI GRANTS: Funds are awarded to state WIA-adminitering agencies, which will collaborate with workforce investment boards and local areas. From 2010 - 2013, grant awards ranged from $1.5 million to $6 million each to be spent over a thirty-six to forty-two month period. Cooperative agreements were used to expand service delivery through the public workforce investment system for job seekers with disabilities. The Round V DEI awards will range from $1.5 million to $2.5 million and be in the format of competitive grants to state workforce agencies that are eligible for funding under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act under the Wagner-Peyser Act. The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at
Award Procedure (093):
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 or, as in the case of LMI grants, based on an administrative formula. The State Plans include services to persons with disabilities and other targeted groups.

The DEI funds are awarded via a competitive grant solicitation.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 60 to 90 days. As provided in regulations.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title The Wagner-Peyser Act , Chapter Section 6 (b)(4), Public Law 29 U.S.C. 493.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Formula funds are provided at the beginning of a program year and are available for expenditure during that program year and the succeeding two program years.

DEI funds are awarded for a forty-two month period.

E-Tools funds are renewed annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
For formula grants, quarterly performance reporting is required in addition to quarterly financial, activities and outcomes reports. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. For formula grants, quarterly financial reports are required.

The DEI grants require fiscal and programmatic quarterly reporting. Monitoring is conducted by Regional Federal Project Officers based on quarterly reports.
Audits (112):
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.
Records (113):
Standard records for audits are required.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $695,000,000; FY 14 est $697,000,000; and FY 15 est $696,000,000. (Project Grants) FY 13 $31,000,000; FY 14 est $26,000,000; and FY 15 est $30,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Wagner-Peyser Formula Grants vary by year. Funding is published annually in the Federal Register.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Once finalized, performance budgets are posted annually on the Internet and are available at:
Program performance results are posted at: Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
20 CFR Part 652 - Establishment and Functioning of State Employment Services: Part 662 - Description of the One Stop System under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Part 663 - Adult and Dislocated Worker Activities under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act; Subpart A - Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services through the One Stop Service Delivery System; Part 1001-Services for Veterans.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Amanda Ahlstrand 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room C-4526, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 202-693-3052 Fax: 202-693-3981
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.