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Workforce Data Quality Initiative

WDQI supports the development of, or enhancements to, longitudinal administrative databases that will integrate workforce data and create linkages to education data. States will incorporate workforce information into longitudinal data systems to expand the scope and depth of data from programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act programs, Wagner-Peyser, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Unemployment Insurance. The long-term WDQI and SLDS goal for States is to use their longitudinal data systems to follow individuals through school and into and through their work life. The WDQI also emphasizes promoting improvements and the level of quality of these systems, in addition to increasing the accessibility of performance data, including data reported by employment services and training providers. High quality and consistent data that is available from service providers about services offered, and how well their customers benefited as they enter or re-enter the labor market, are integral to informed consumer choices.


The WDQI is being implemented to support a collaborative partnership at the Federal level between the Departments of Labor and of Education. WQDI grant recipients are expected to demonstrate similarly established partnerships between state educational and workforce agencies.

  1. What are the main objectives of the WDQI?
    • Develop or improve state workforce longitudinal data systems to include data from Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records, UI benefit claims, training and employment services (such as Workforce Investment Act; Wagner-Peyser; Trade Adjustment Assistance; Veterans; Adult Education and Literacy, and Disability programs) and other data sources like the Federal Employment Data Exchange System.
    • Enable workforce data to be matched with education data to ultimately create longitudinal data systems with individual-level information beginning with pre-kindergarten through post-secondary schooling all the way through entry and sustained participation in the workforce and employment services system.
    • Improve the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems.
    • Use longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations and analyze the performance of education and employment and training programs.
    • Provide user-friendly information to consumers to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.
  2. What outcome or outputs are expected of the grantees?
    Each WDQI grantee is expected to fully develop (or expand in the case where states have a database underway) their workforce longitudinal database in addition to using that database to conduct analysis of state workforce and education systems. Additionally, WQDI grantees are expected to use this data analysis to create materials on state workforce performance to share with workforce system stakeholders and the public.

WDQI Federal Contacts

National Office Liaison: Lorece Stanton,  Stanton.Lorece@dol.gov, (202) 693-2958

Click here to view Round 1 Grant information

Round 2

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

New Jersey

Suzanne Pouliot

Pouliot.Suzanne@dol.gov

617-788-0180

Region 1

Rhode Island

Danielle Worthen-Ramos

Worthen-Ramos.Daniel@dol.gov

617-788-0314

Region 2

Pennsylvania

Michael Toops

Toops.Michael@dol.gov

215-861-5524

Region 4

Arkansas

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Howard.James@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4668)

Region 4

Oklahoma

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Howard.James@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4668)

Region 4

South Dakota

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Howard.James@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4668)

Region 5

Illinois

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Michigan

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Nebraska

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 6

Hawaii

Denise Dombek

Dombek.Denise@dol.gov

415-625-7945

Region 6

Idaho

Denise Dombek

Dombek.Denise@dol.gov

415-625-7945

Region 6

Washington

Denise Dombek

Dombek.Denise@dol.gov

415-625-7945

 

Round 3

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 2

Virginia

Tobby Willis

Willis.Tobby@dol.gov

215-861-5217

Region 3

North Carolina

Julian Hardy

Hardy.Julian2@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 4

Wyoming

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Howard.James@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4668)

Region 5

Kansas

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Ohio

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 6

Oregon

Denise Dombek

Dombek.Denise@dol.gov

415-625-7945

 

Round 4

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

Connecticut

Amanda Poirier

Poirier.Amanda@dol.gov

617-788-0124

Region 1

New Jersey

Thomas Dalton

Dalton.Thomas@dol.gov

617-788-0113

Region 3

Kentucky

Conyers Garrett

Conyers.Garrett@dol.gov

404-302-5341

Region 3

Mississippi

Conyers Garrett

Conyers.Garrett@dol.gov

404-302-5341

Region 5

Indiana

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Nebraska

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512


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