In December 2009, Congress appropriated $12.5 million to support the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The WDQI will complement the state Longitudinal Data Systems Grants Initiative that is currently being implemented through the U.S. Department of Education. Funds will be competitively awarded to State Workforce Agencies. Up to twelve grants, ranging from $1 million for single-state applicants to $3 million for multi-state consortium applicants will be awarded. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their submitted proposals and the completeness of their responses to the criteria set forth in the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA).
WDQI grants will support the development of or enhancements to longitudinal administrative databases to integrate workforce and education data. These funds will help states incorporate workforce information into their longitudinal data systems, to help them follow individuals through school, into, and through their work life. Additionally, the WDQI places an emphasis on promoting improvements in the information quality and the accessibility of performance data, including data reported by training providers. High quality and consistency in the data available from service providers concerning the services they offer, and how well these services serve their customers when they enter the labor market, are integral to informed consumer choices.
The WDQI will be implemented through a collaborative partnership at the federal level between the Departments of Labor and Education. Applicants also will need to demonstrate the same or similar partnership efforts at the state level. DOL expects that successful applicants will follow the objectives of the WDQI through strongly rooted partnership between educational and workforce agencies.
Information on the SGA can be found in the May 17, 2010 federal register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-11610.pdf