In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched round one of WDQI to fund the development, or enhancement, of state workforce longitudinal administrative databases. These state longitudinal databases will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training and employment services and will be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for analysis leading to enhanced opportunity for program evaluation and better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system.

WDQI funding is made available through competitive grants administered by DOL in support of a parallel and much larger effort, the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants administered by the U.S. Department of Education. These two programs encourage the development of state education and workforce longitudinal administrative databases. Ultimately, databases developed through WDQI should be linked to education data at the individual level. Collecting these and other data sources longitudinally will provide a comprehensive picture of workers' earnings throughout their careers. Through analysis, these data will demonstrate the relationship between education and training programs, as well as the additional contribution of the provision of other employment services.

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 (i.e., scorecards) on state workforce performance to share with workforce system stakeholders and the public.

 
 
 

National Office Liaison: Toquir Ahmed, Ahmed.Toquir@dol.gov, 202-693-3901

 

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS $11.6M IN GRANTS TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF WORKFORCE SERVICES, MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS IN FIVE STATES

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of five grants totaling $11.6 million to improve the delivery of training and employment services, and measure their effectiveness in Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi and New Mexico.

Administered by the Employment and Training Administration, the Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants will support the development and expansion of workforce longitudinal databases and enhance their ability to share performance data with stakeholders. The databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services and obtain similar information in the service delivery process.

“Investment in evidence-based approaches to support workers is essential to connecting job seekers with the right skills for good-quality jobs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Suzi LeVine. “Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants help states increase the capacity of workforce development programs and improve the quality and range of workforce data to benefit workers, job seekers and employers.”

The recipients of the WDQI grants are as follows:

Recipient

City

State

Amount

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Little Rock

AR

$2,510,575

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Indianapolis

IN

$2,500,610

Maryland Department of Labor

Baltimore

MD

$1,799,422

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Jackson

MS

$2,510,575

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

Albuquerque

NM

$2,278,818

 

CURRENT WDQI GRANTEES

Round 7 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022)

FOA - https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314045
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20190722

Round 7

Region

Grantee

FPO

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 6

California

Latha  Seshadri

Seshadri.Latha@dol.gov

415-625-7937

Region 4

Colorado

David Lipnicky

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov

972-850-4665

Region 6

Idaho

Patricia O'Sullivan

OSullivan.Patricia.A@dol.gov

408-426-5054

Region 5

Illinois

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 1

Maine

Minnie Holleran

Holleran.Minnie@dol.gov

617-788-0169

Region 5

Michigan

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 1

New Jersey

Tobby Willis

willis.tobby@dol.gov

215-861-5524

Region 3

North Carolina

Channah Yisrael

yisrael.channah.b@dol.gov

404-302-5368

Region 4

Texas

David Lipnicky

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov

972-850-4665

Region 5

Wisconsin

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

 

Round 7 Grantees

Round 7 Grantees
State Grantee Funding Amount

California

California Department of Employment Development

$1,000,000

Colorado

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

$1,000,000

Idaho

Idaho Department of Labor, Executive Office of the State of Idaho

$1,000,000

Illinois

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

$1,000,000

Maine

Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research

$998,737

Michigan

Michigan Talent Investment Agency dba Michigan Workforce Dev

$998,028

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

$1,000,000

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Commerce - Division of Workforce Solutions

$1,000,000

Texas

Texas Workforce Commission

$2,181,321

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Total:

$11,178,086

Round 6 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020)

Funding Opportunity Press Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170404
FOA - https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292966
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616

Round 6

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 3

Alabama

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 5

Indiana

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Iowa

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 3

Kentucky

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 1

Massachusetts

Kate Banimenia

Banimenia.Kathleen@dol.gov

617-788-0126

Region 3

Mississippi

Jessica Otieno

Otieno.Jessica@dol.gov

404-302-5379

Region 5

Missouri

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 1

Rhode Island

Amanda Poirier

Poirier.Amanda@dol.gov

617-788-0124

 

Round 6 Grantees 

Round 6 Grantees
State Grantee Funding Amount

Alabama

Alabama Department of Labor

$1,000,000

Indiana

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

$997,890

Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Work Force Development Cabinet

$1,000,000

Massachusetts

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

$2,700,000

Missouri

Missouri Division Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

$2,700,000

Total:

$11,397,890