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WIA Incentives and Sanctions

Section 503 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) authorizes the Secretary of Labor to award incentive grants to states that exceed performance levels for programs authorized by title I of WIA, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). The grants are used for a variety of purposes, including infrastructure support, coordinated training with partner programs, and staff capacity building.


Guidance on the incentives and sanctions process and the policy for failing to meet those negotiated levels is available.
  • TEGL 20-01, Change 12 - Application Process for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 503 Incentive Grants Based on Program Year (PY) 2012 Performance

    Program Year 2012 Award Announcement

    • 79 FR 72 (15 April 2014) - Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA); Notice of Incentive Funding Availability Based on Program Year (PY) 2012 Performance

    Grant Summaries

Visit the Incentive Award Archive page for previous program year award information.


The Performance Rankings for each year are displayed in chart format and each measure is linked to a display of the absolute rankings of state by state performance. The rankings are based on actual performance, not progress against the negotiated level.
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