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Employment & Training Administration Distributes $3.9 Billion in Economic Stimulus Funds

The Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration (ETA) recently distributed $3.9 billion in economic stimulus funds to 484 non-profit organizations and state and tribal governments through seven formula grant programs. States will be passing funds from some of these grants to local governments.

Assistance Program No. of Awards Stimulus Amount Distributed
Wagner-Peyser Funded Employment Services Activities (CFDA 17.207) 108 $396,000,000
Unemployment Insurance (17.225) 53 500,000,000
Senior Community Service Employment Program (17.235) 74 118,800,000
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Programs (17.258) 57 495,000,000
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Activities (17.259) 57 1,170,180,000
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Dislocated Workers (17.260) 57 1,241,088,750
Native American Employment and Training (17.265) 78 11,872,298

Source: Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and GovWin

Additional information about grant awardees is available to certain GovWin members (member log in required).

GovWin's Take

  • Up to $250 million of the stimulus funding for the Wagner-Peyser funded employment services formula grant may be used for information technology solutions that support identifying and serving the employment needs of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants.
  • These are existing grant programs so, basically, it's business as usual. Vendors should consider teaming with existing contractors to get a share of these stimulus dollars.
  • Even though these are existing grant programs, the reporting and transparency provisions are new. Many states and local governments do not have the systems in place to meet those provisions. Contractors should be prepared to be part of the reporting solution.
  • Be an educated business development professional; state government program managers expect it. State WIA annual plans are available on the ETA web site.
  • Use state professional associations' events and conferences to meet the state government program managers.

For more information on these programs, as well as all of the other social services programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), read GovWin's recently released Economic Stimulus State & Local Vertical Report: Social Services.

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