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WIA Incentives and Sanctions

Section 503 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) authorizes the Secretary of Labor to award incentive grants to states that exceed performance levels for programs authorized by title I of WIA, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). The grants are used for a variety of purposes, including infrastructure support, coordinated training with partner programs, and staff capacity building.


Guidance on the incentives and sanctions process and the policy for failing to meet those negotiated levels is available.
  • May 1, 2015
    TEGL 20-01, Change 13 - Application Process for Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants Based on Program Year (PY) 2013 Performance. This guidance letter provides the procedures states should follow to apply for WIA Section 503 Incentive Grants and reminds states of the authorized use of these grant funds.

    Federal Register Volume 80, Number 84, Friday,Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)

    • May 1, 2015 - Notice of Incentive Funding Availability Based on Program Year (PY) 2013 Performance

    Grant Summaries

Visit the Incentive Award Archive page for previous program year award information.


The Performance Rankings for each year are displayed in chart format and each measure is linked to a display of the absolute rankings of state by state performance. The rankings are based on actual performance, not progress against the negotiated level.
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