Appropriations

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Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education
Workforce Funding Levels in Senate Appropriations Bill:
  • WIOA formula - cut by $73.8 million (3.7%), mostly to Adult and Youth
  • Employment Service cut $8.6 million (1.5%)
  • UI State Operations - cut $49 million (1.7%)
  • RES/REA - level funded
  • VETS funding - 1% increase




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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