Workforce Data Quality Initiative

Quick Facts

Due DateMarch 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
Award AmountUp to $ 1,200,000
Category of Funding ActivityEmployment, Labor and Training
Eligible Applicants
  • Others - Eligible applicants for this solicitation are those SWAs that are members of WRIS2 and that currently do not have a WDQI grant as a result of solicitation SGA-DFA-PY-12-07 (Round III). SWAs that received an award under SGA-DFA-PY-12-07 (Round III) are not eligible to apply to this SGA, and their applications will not be reviewed. Accordingly, a given SWA may receive a cumulative total of no more than two grant awards through this SGA and the previous three rounds of the WDQI program. The Department anticipates funding at least four SWAs that are not currently WDQI grantees. The Department anticipates funding up to two SWAs that are current grantees (funded under SGA-DFA-PY-09-10) to aid in the further production and dissemination of workforce training provider performance information and outcomes in a standardized, easy to understand format (e.g., scorecards), consistent with all applicable Federal and State privacy laws.

Program Description

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $6 million from funds made available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 DOL appropriation for Training and Employment Services for grants to State Workforce Agencies (SWA) to expand the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). The Department has reserved up to 3 percent of this round's total grant funding (a maximum amount of $180,000) to provide technical assistance to assist grantees in developing and implementing their WDQIs. For the remainder of this document, reference to the databases being created under the WDQI may be called ?workforce longitudinal administrative databases? or ?workforce longitudinal databases? interchangeably. Grants awarded will provide SWAs the opportunity to develop or expand State workforce longitudinal administrative data systems. These State longitudinal data systems will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training, employment services, and unemployment insurance; connect with education data contained in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) databases; be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for enhanced opportunity for evaluation of federally and State-supported education and workforce programs; be capable of generating workforce training provider performance information and outcomes in a standardized, easy to understand format (e.g. scorecards), consistent with all applicable Federal and State privacy laws; and, lead to better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system. Where such longitudinal systems do not exist or are in early development, WDQI grant assistance may be used to design and develop these systems. WDQI grant assistance can also be used to improve upon existing State longitudinal systems. Current WDQI grant recipients who did not receive a Round III award under solicitation SGA-DFA-PY-12-07 and states that currently do not have a WDQI grant are eligible for this competition.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberSGA-DFA-PY-13-05
Funding Opportunity TitleWorkforce Data Quality Initiative
Opportunity CategoryEmployment, Labor and Training
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards6
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateJanuary 27, 2014 (Monday)
Application Due DateMarch 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
***The closing date for receipt of applications under this announcement is March 25, 2014. Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Application Archive DateApril 24, 2014 (Thursday)
Total Program Funding$ 6,000,000
Award AmountUp to $ 1,200,000
CFDA Number
  • 17.261 - WIA Pilots, Demonstrations, and Research Projects

Eligible Applicants

  • Others - Eligible applicants for this solicitation are those SWAs that are members of WRIS2 and that currently do not have a WDQI grant as a result of solicitation SGA-DFA-PY-12-07 (Round III). SWAs that received an award under SGA-DFA-PY-12-07 (Round III) are not eligible to apply to this SGA, and their applications will not be reviewed. Accordingly, a given SWA may receive a cumulative total of no more than two grant awards through this SGA and the previous three rounds of the WDQI program. The Department anticipates funding at least four SWAs that are not currently WDQI grantees. The Department anticipates funding up to two SWAs that are current grantees (funded under SGA-DFA-PY-09-10) to aid in the further production and dissemination of workforce training provider performance information and outcomes in a standardized, easy to understand format (e.g., scorecards), consistent with all applicable Federal and State privacy laws.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Labor
Program Information Website-
ContactOffice: Employment and Training Administration
Linda Forman
Grants Management Specialist
Phone 202-693-3416
Email Grants Management Specialist

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