Veterans' Employment Program
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Section 168 Veterans' Workforce Investment Programs; Public Law 105-220; 29 USC 2913.
To provide services to assist in reintegrating eligible veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force; and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing eligible veterans.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Programs supported with these funds shall include: 1) Activities to enhance services provided to eligible veterans by other providers of employment and training services funded by Federal, State, local or tribal governments; 2) activities to provide innovative employment and training services and projects to eligible veterans not currently provided by other public employment and training service providers; and 3) outreach and public information activities to develop and promote maximum job and training or retraining opportunities for eligible veterans.
State and Local Workforce Investment Boards, State and State Agencies, local public agencies, private non-profit organizations and community-based organizations (including faith-based and community organizations) are eligible to compete for these grant funds.
Service-connected disabled veterans, veterans who have significant barriers to employment, veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, and veterans who are recently separated from military service (48 months).
According to the program's Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA) and Standard 424, Application for Federal Assistance.
Application and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 (29 CFR, Part 97) must be used for this program.
This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training, in conjunction with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, is responsible for all funding decisions regarding this competitive grant program.
The specific deadlines for submission of applications for this program are published in the Solicitation for Grant Application Document and the Federal Register. SGAs may be issued periodically for a specific portion of the funds for special emphasis grants.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
About 120 days.
Within 21 days of the determination denying financial assistance the applicant may request a hearing through the Chief Administrative Law Judge, Department of Labor.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Recommended, not required.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is normally available during a 12-month period (program year). The methods of payment will be with an automatic payment management system.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly reporting of outlays, and other financial information using SF-269, Financial Status Report, and quarterly reporting of program activity such as number enrolled, entered employment and retention in employment.
"In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133." For nongovernmental grant recipients, audits shall be performed in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133.
(Grants and Contracts) Program operates on a program year (PY) beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. PY 07 $7,435,000; PY 08 est $7,351,000 and PY 09 est not available. PY 2007 (Performance period July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008) PY 2008 (Performance period July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In PY 2007, twelve competitive grants received 2nd year funding at a total of $6.7 million and $300,000 was provided to support the collaborative Chronic Homelessness Initiative between the Department of Labor and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For PY 2006, there were 2,333 veterans placed into employment out of 3,870 total participants for a rate of 60 percent, the average hourly wage was $13.08.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regional or Local Office
Information regarding program funding and eligibility can be found on our website at http://www.dol.gov/vets
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room S- 1312, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-4708 Contact: Pamela Langley or Contact: Linda Chambers (202) 693-4732.
Web Site Address
17.207, Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities
17.246, Employment and Training Assistance_Dislocated Workers;
17.248, Employment and Training Evaluation Projects;
17.249, Employment Services and Job Training Pilots_Demonstrations and Research.
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Based on criteria in the Solicitation for Grant Application.