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FY2015 Appropriations Resources

The Obama Administration proposed $11.8 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in FY 2015, a decrease of $200 million from the $12 billion FY 2014 enacted level.

Workforce Investment Act Programs
For FY 2015, the Administration's budget request provides the same amount of funding for Workforce Investment Act Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs as was enacted for FY 2014. In the budget request, the Obama Administration calls for the state allocation in these programs to be held at 8.75 percent, consistent with the increase enacted under the omnibus appropriations bill in January. In its FY 2014 budget request, the Administration had requested the state allocation be increased to 7.5 percent.

The budget request provides a significant increase of funding for Reemployment Services and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments, proposing slightly more than $157 million for FY 2015, nearly twice the amount that was provided for FY 2014. NASWA is encouraged to see the Administration's acknowledgment of the high return on investment these services can have in increasing the speed to reemployment, wages and job retention of UI claimants. Funding to states for Employment Service operations is at levels enacted for FY 2014.

State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations
In the Administration's budget request for FY 2015, it requested nearly $2.7 billion for state administration of unemployment insurance (UI) programs, a drop of around $100 million compared with fiscal 2014 levels. This is due to a projected decrease in UI claims workload.

The Administration also proposes to grant two years of debt relief to state unemployment insurance trust funds, for states that have had to borrow from the federal government to make UI benefit payments. In later years, the budget calls for raising the taxable wage base to $15,000 in 2017 and also returning the FUTA tax rate to 0.8 percent in 2015.

Below are links to further information on the FY 2015 USDOL funded programs and also a chart detailing the funding levels for USDOL funded programs operated by states. The first three columns of the chart provide FY allotments for FY 2013, FY 2014 and the proposed level under the FY 2015 budget request.

FY 2015 USDOL and State Operated Program Funding Chart

Office of Management and Budget
President's FY 2015 Budget

United States Department of Labor Budget Overview
FY 2015 USDOL Budget in Brief
USDOL Budget Summary Tables FY 2015

United States Department of Labor Department Documents
Employment and Training Administration Overview
State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations

FY2014 Appropriations Resources

The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547) provides $156.8 billion for FY 2014, which is about $100 million below the FY 2013 sequestration level. Overall funding for the Department of Labor (USDOL) for FY 2014 will be set at $12 billion, a decrease of $449 million below the FY 2013 sequestration level.

Below are links to the legislative appropriations language for USDOL funded programs and also a chart detailing the funding levels for USDOL funded programs operated by States. The first three columns of the chart provide FY allotments for each program, with the final two columns highlighting the differences in funding levels between FY 2012 and FY 2014 and FY 2013 sequestration and FY 2014.

U.S. Department of Labor Section of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Legislative Text)

FY 2014 USDOL and State Operated Program Funding Chart


Below is a summary of changes contained in the omnibus package:

  • Training & Employment Services: Workforce Investment Act programs received a funding increase of around 5 percent from FY 2013 sequestration levels. The state allocation in the omnibus was also increased to 8.75 percent from 5 percent. The adjustment in the state allocation provides an increase of more than $100 million to states for the administration and statewide activities for the Workforce Investment Act programs, an increase of about 80 percent.
  • Federally Administered Programs: Funding for the WIA Dislocated Worker National Reserve will see funding reduced by approximately 10 percent (part of this decrease is a result of special Hurricane Sandy funds included in the prior year), with Native Americans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Youth Build seeing funding increased by a little more than two percent. The Workforce Innovation Fund will be flat funded for FY 2014 at approximately $47 million.
  • National Activities: Pilots projects and evaluation activities at USDOL were not funded in the FY 2014 omnibus bill. Job Corps received an increase in funding of slightly less than 5 percent for a total of $1.69 billion for FY 2014
  • Unemployment Compensation: State Unemployment Insurance Operations will be funded at $2.8 billion for FY 2014, down three percent from the FY 2013 level.
  • Employment Service (Wagner-Peyser): State administration of Wagner-Peyser services along with Foreign Labor Certification, One-Stop and Labor Market Information operations were funded at the same FY 2013 levels.
  • Veterans Employment & Training: The Jobs for Veterans State Grant program will see FY 2014 funding levels at $175 million, an eight and a half percent increase from the previous year.

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