The workforce development activities carried out in Wisconsin’s eleven Workforce Development Areas (WDAs) are federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA funds are distributed to states based on three factors described in Sections 128 and 133 of the WIOA Act1. Funds provided through this process are considered allotments, are announced through a Department of Labor (DOL) Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) usually in March, and are provided for Youth, Adult, and Dislocated Worker programs.
The Department of Workforce Development has developed the WIOA Allocation Guide to help understand how WIOA allocations are developed for Wisconsin Workforce Development Areas.
The document contains instructions for each step of the allocation process, protocols for allocation development and a checklist to ensure that each step is completed in a timely fashion. This guide will serve as the operating instruction for the staff members who will calculate the allocations.
It is also important to note that this document represents an ongoing work in progress. After each allocation cycle, the Division of Employment and Training (DET) will review the effort and improve the process, as necessary. This guide will be revised to reflect those process improvements.
The guide and the allocation process meet the Department of Labor requirements. The guide will also be revised to reflect changes to the allocation process that must be implemented in response to changes in federal requirements.