DOL Announces New Round of Data Grants

Christina Pena
April 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor invites State Workforce Agencies to apply for a new round of Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants, including a new “super grant” that will allow one state to integrate case management, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with the state’s longitudinal data system.

DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans to award about three grants with a ceiling of $1 million each for states to use over a three-year period. Agencies may use funding to create and enhance longitudinal data systems that help analyze the performance of education and employment training programs, and produce user-friendly information for workforce customers. 

In addition, ETA will award a new “super grant” of up to $2.7 million. This effort aligns with language in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that requires states to operate fiscal and performance management systems, but would leverage the significant federal and state investments in longitudinal data systems.

Few states have connected their longitudinal data systems with operational functions like case management and performance reporting, instead using the systems for research and analysis. One exception includes Texas, which has an integrated case management system for many of its workforce programs.

This is the sixth round of WDQI grants, which DOL launched in 2010. WDQC has called on Congress and the administration to increase funding for the program.

The deadline for applications is May 4, 2017.

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