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

 

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

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 5

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

Kate Banimenia

Banimenia.Kathleen@dol.gov

617-788-0126

Region 5

Michigan

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 1

New Jersey

Danielle Worthen-Ramos

WorthenRamosDanielle@dol.gov

617-788-0314

Region 3

North Carolina

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

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

 
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.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-17-01.pdf
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616

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 (Visit FOA-ETA-15-06 to view each grantee's abstract and technical proposal)

 
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

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

Region

Round

States

FPO
Contact Information

Region 1

Round 1

Maine, Massachusetts

Trevor Capon
617-788-0391
Capon.trevor@dol.gov

Round 2

New Jersey

Suzanne Pouliot
617-788-0180
Pouliot.suzanne@dol.gov

Rhode Island

Michael Hotard
617-788-0114
Hotard.michael@dol.gov

Region 2

Round 1

Maryland

Linda Avila
215-861-5227
Avila.Linda@dol.gov

Round 1

Virginia

Tobby Willis
215-861-5524
Willis.tobby@dol.gov

Round 2

Pennsylvania

Michael Toops
215-861-5217
Toops.Michael.E@dol.gov

Region 3

Round 1

Florida, South Carolina

Julian Hardy
404-302-5376
Hardy.julian2@dol.gov

Region 4

Round 1

Louisiana, North Dakota, Texas

David Lipnicky
(Edgar Garcia is backup)
972-850-4650
Lipnicky.david@dol.gov
Garcia.edgar@dol.gov

Round 2

Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota

Region 5

Round 1

Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio

Jean Grochowski
312-596-5521
Grochowski.jean@dol.gov

Round 2

Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska

Region 6

Round 2

Hawaii, Idaho, Washington

Denise Dombek
415-625-7945
Dombek.denise@dol.gov

National Office

Rounds 1 & 2

All States

Lorece Stanton
202-693-2958
Stanton.lorece@dol.gov

 

Press Releases

Round 1 - https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedatagrant_article.cfm

Round 2 - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121170.htm

Round 3 - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20130437.htm

Round 3 Block Information

Contact

For information, please contact: ETAPerforms

 

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS WDQI GRANTEES

WDQI Federal Contacts

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

 

Round 1 (December 1, 2010 - November 30, 2013)

Funding Opportunity Press Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20100532.htm
FOA - https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-09-10.pdf
Grant Recipient News Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ETA/ETA20101511.htm

 

State Design Plan

 

State Summary

 

Agency

 

Award Amount (USD)

 

Florida

Florida

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation

$1,000,000

Iowa

Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Louisiana

Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission

$999,863

Maine

Maine

Maine Department of Labor

$1,000,000

Maryland

Maryland

State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

$1,000,000

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Minnesota

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

$1,000,000

Missouri

Missouri

Missouri Department of Economic Development

$890,000

North Dakota

North Dakota

Job Service North Dakota

$1,000,000

Ohio

Ohio

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

$1,000,000

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

$289,417

Texas

Texas

Texas Workforce Commission

$997,014

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia Community College System

$1,000,000

Total:

$12,176,294

 

(To view grantee abstracts visit https://www.doleta.gov/pdf/WDQI_abstracts_draft_2.pdf.)

Round 1 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014)

Press Release - https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcedatagrant_article.cfm
FOA - https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-09-10.pdf

 

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

Maine

Trevor Capon

capon.trevor@dol.gov

617-788-0391

Region 1

Massachusetts

Trevor Capon

capon.trevor@dol.gov

617-788-0391

Region 2

Maryland

Linda Avila

avila.linda@dol.gov

215-861-5227

Region 2

Virginia

Tobby Willis

willis.tobby@dol.gov

215-861-5217

Region 3

Florida

Julian Hardy

Hardy.julian2@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 3

South Carolina

Julian Hardy

Hardy.julian2@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 4

Louisiana

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.david@dol.gov
(howard.james@dol.gov)

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

Region 4

North Dakota

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.david@dol.gov
(howard.james@dol.gov)

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

Region 4

Texas

David Lipnicky
(James Howard)

Lipnicky.david@dol.gov
(howard.james@dol.gov)

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

Region 5

Iowa

Jean Grochowski
(Tommy Ouyang)

grochowski.jean@dol.gov
(ouyang.tommy@dol.gov)

312-596-5521
(312-596-5512)

Region 5

Minnesota

Jean Grochowski
(Tommy Ouyang)

grochowski.jean@dol.gov
(ouyang.tommy@dol.gov)

312-596-5521
(312-596-5512)

Region 5

Missouri

Jean Grochowski
(Tommy Ouyang)

grochowski.jean@dol.gov
(ouyang.tommy@dol.gov)

312-596-5521
(312-596-5512)

Region 5

Ohio

Jean Grochowski
(Tommy Ouyang)

grochowski.jean@dol.gov
(ouyang.tommy@dol.gov)

312-596-5521
(312-596-5512)

 

State Design Plan

State Summary

Agency

Award Amount (USD)

Florida

Florida

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation

$1,000,000

Iowa

Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Louisiana

Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission

$999,863

Maine

Maine

Maine Department of Labor

$1,000,000

Maryland

Maryland

State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

$1,000,000

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Minnesota

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

$1,000,000

Missouri

Missouri

Missouri Department of Economic Development

$890,000

North Dakota

North Dakota

Job Service North Dakota

$1,000,000

Ohio

Ohio

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

$1,000,000

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

$289,417

Texas

Texas

Texas Workforce Commission

$997,014

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia Community College System

$1,000,000

 

Round 2 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015)

FOA - https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/wdqi_sga_dfa_py_11_01.pdf
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121170.htm

 

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

New Jersey

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 1

Rhode Island

Danielle Worthen-Ramos

Worthen-Ramos.Daniel@dol.gov

617-788-0314

Region 2

Pennsylvania

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 4

Arkansas

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 4

Oklahoma

David Lipnicky
(John Kuznar)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Kuznar.John.A@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4636)

Region 4

South Dakota

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 5

Illinois

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 5

Michigan

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 5

Nebraska

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 6

Idaho

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 6

Hawaii

Grant period of performance has ended

Region 6

Washington

Grant period of performance has ended



 

Round 3 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016)

FOA - https://www.dol.gov/dol/grants/SGA-DFA-PY-12-07.pdf
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20131166.htm

 

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 2

Virginia

Michael Toops

Toops.Michael.E@dol.gov

215-861-5217

Region 3

North Carolina

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 4

Wyoming

David Lipnicky
(John Kuznar)

Lipnicky.David@dol.gov
(Kuznar.John.A@dol.gov)

972-850-4665
(972-850-4636)

Region 5

Ohio

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Kansas

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 6

Oregon

Ingrid Schonfield

Schonfield.Ingrid@dol.gov

415-625-7947



 

Round 4 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017)

Funding Opportunity Press Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20140055.htm
FOA - https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/WDQI_SGA_DFA_PY_13_05.pdf
Grant Recipients New Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141130.htm

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

Connecticut

Danielle Worthen-Ramos

Worthen-Ramos.Danielle@dol.gov

617-788-0314

Region 1

New Jersey

Suzanne Pouliot

Pouliot.Suzanne@dol.gov

617-788-0180

Region 3

Kentucky

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 3

Mississippi

Linda Lundy

Lundy.Linda@dol.gov

404-302-5369

Region 5

Indiana

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Nebraska

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512



 

Round 5 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018)

Funding Opportunity Press Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150578.htm
FOA - https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-15-06.pdf
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20151284.htm

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 1

Maine

Carmen Rodriguez

Rodriguez.Carmen@dol.gov

671-788-0110

Region 1

Rhode Island

Amanda Poirier

Poirier.Amanda@dol.gov

617-788-0124

Region 3

Tennessee

Jessica Otieno

Otieno.Jessica@dol.gov

404-302-5379

Region 4

Arkansas

John Kuznar
(David Lipnicky)

Kuznar.John.A@dol.gov
(Lipnicky.David@dol.gov)

972-850-4636
(972-850-4665)

Region 4

Texas

John Kuznar
(David Lipnicky)

Kuznar.John.A@dol.gov
(Lipnicky.David@dol.gov)

972-850-4636
(972-850-4665)

Region 5

Kansas

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Michigan

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 6

Alaska

Ingrid Schonfield

Schonfield.Ingrid@dol.gov

415-625-7947

Region 6

Washington

Ingrid Schonfield

Schonfield.Ingrid@dol.gov

415-625-7947