Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Letter to Senate and House

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) wrote to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the House and Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the funding of the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants.

SLDS grants provided by the Department of Education (ED) and the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants from the Department of Labor (DOL) have propelled the development and use of longitudinal data systems throughout the country. WDQC recommended increasing funding for ED’s SLDS grants to $70 million and DOL’s WDQI grants to $24 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

These grants to help states conduct research on local and regional labor markets, including shifts in industrial and occupational demand and its impact on the skills needed by the workforce. This increase in funding will help meet growing demand from educators and employers for more detailed and up-to-date information on skills and credentials.