Jobs for Veterans Act
How the Jobs for Veterans Act (P.L. 107-288) Applies to THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) ADULT AND DISLOCATED WORKERS PROGRAM (ALSO APPLICABLE TO WELFARE-TO-WORK)
Applicable to the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program
Effect on the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program Rules, Regulations and/or Existing Guidance
9ADW. Will the Department of Labor be issuing new or amending
current regulations to accommodate the changes?
No new Department of Labor regulations regarding implementation of the Jobs for Veterans Act will be issued. The statute simply becomes one of the Federal laws with which any Department of Labor-funded program must comply. It should be noted, however, that ETA expects to emphasize the veterans' priority in any new regulations resulting from soon-expected reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act.
10ADW. Does all or most other current guidance for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program still apply?
Yes. All current guidance still applies.
11ADW. Will the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program funding be affected (additional dollars, changes in formulas, allocations, reallocations, etc., where applicable)? If so, how?
No, funding will not be affected by the veterans' priority.
12ADW. Are "old" but as of yet unexpended WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program funds received, obligated, or committed prior to the passage of the Jobs for Veterans Act subject to the veterans' priority?
Yes. The Jobs for Veterans Act is currently in effect.
13ADW. Will other non-Department of Labor federal funds, or non-federal funds used in the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program partnerships or as match be subject to the same veterans' priority?
The veterans' priority applies to any workforce preparation, development, or delivery program or service that is directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor. It specifically applies to any such program or service under the public employment service system, One-Stop Career Centers, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, a demonstration or other temporary program, a workforce development program targeted to specific groups and those programs implemented by states or local service providers based on Federal block grants administered by the Department of Labor. To the extent these programs are funded at least in part by Department of Labor funds, the veterans' priority applies.
Effect on the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program Operations
14ADW. Is there impact on the ability to co-enroll a participant where this is necessary and feasible? What happens, for instance, if the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program wants to co-enroll a non-veteran participant into another program, but the other program has veterans ahead of him or her in the eligibility line?
The Department of Labor expects state and local workforce investment system program operators to co-enroll participants when necessary, feasible, and prudent in order to eliminate duplication and increase the numbers able to be served. In some instances, however the veterans' priority will impact the ability to co-enroll. There may be situations among some Federal programs (which are not funded by the Department of Labor and not subject to the Jobs for Veterans Act) where individuals whom they refer to WIA must defer to veterans who are first in line, or where eligible veterans referred by WIA to other programs must defer to other statutory or policy mandates not subject to the Jobs for Veterans Act. The expectation is that most co-enrollment situations can be accommodated locally, but there may be rare instances where this is negatively impacted.
15ADW. How will registration, record-keeping, and reporting for the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program be affected?
Registration, record keeping and reporting may be affected because of the required data that needs to be submitted for the Annual Report. Refer to the responses under questions 1ADW, 5ADW and 7ADW to determine if changes are necessary to your particular registration and record-keeping systems so that the appropriate data can be reported to ETA.
16ADW. How will the veterans' priority affect any request for proposal (RFPs), Solicitations for Grant Award (SGAs), program sub-grants, subcontracts, or memoranda of understanding or other service provision agreements with WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program vendors, contractors, and partners (required and otherwise)?
All RFPs, SGAs, sub-grants, sub-contracts, and (where feasible) memoranda of understanding or other service provision agreements must be administered in compliance with the new veterans' priority.
17ADW. WillWIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program outreach efforts, written materials on available services and Web sites have to express and implement a priority of service to veterans?
The WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers Program AND ANSWERS PROVIDED
NOTE: For ease of reference (away from the context of this Web site) the number of each question from program operators is not only followed by the acronym of the asking program, but also by the initials ff (as in "from field"). Example: The first question in the series of those received from a program operator under the WIA Adult and Dislocated Workers program, would be 1ADWff. The first question in the series of those received from a program operator under a National Emergency Grant would appear as 1NEGff.
If you have a question that has not been addressed in the template or on these pages, send it via email to JobsforVeteransAct@dol.gov.
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