WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 3) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs



3.6 Program Waitlists

Effective date: July 26, 2019

Local WDBs may periodically need to implement a waitlist for a WIOA Title I Program. A waitlist can be used either for program-eligible individuals waiting to enter into a program or for existing program participants waiting to receive direct cost services.

Note: Career planners may not deny an individual the opportunity to apply to a WIOA Title I Program,1 even if a waitlist is in place.

Before a local WDB may implement a waitlist for a Title I Program, DWD-DET requires the local WDB to inform its Local Program Liaison in writing about its plan to implement a waitlist, including:

  • whether the waitlist is for program entry or services;
  • the reason for the waitlist (e.g., limited funds);
  • the anticipated duration of the waitlist;
  • the total number of active participants currently being served, excluding those participants who are receiving follow-up services only; and
  • the number of potential participants and/or current participants who will be waitlisted at the time the list is implemented.

DWD-DET will review the local WDB's plan in order to assess whether other options are available. While DWD-DET may recommend other options, the decision to use a waitlist is at the discretion of the local WDB. A local WDB with a waitlist in place must notify its Local Program Liaison when the waitlist is lifted.


  • 1 29 CFR §§ 38.4, 38.5, 38.6(b)(5), & 38.41 combine to require that applicants must not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, citizenship, or participation in any WIOA Title I-financially assisted program or activity. An "applicant" is an individual who is interested in being considered for WIOA Title I assistance. To ensure that discrimination does not occur, recipients of WIOA funding must maintain records on the race/ethnicity, sex, age, and disability status of every applicant. See also 81 FR 56113.


Direct Costs

Effective date: July 26, 2019

Direct costs are those costs that can be identified specifically with a particular final cost objective, such as a federal award, or other internally or externally funded activity, or that can be directly assigned to such activities relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy. DWD-DET interprets this definition to include training services, support services, and certain individualized career services where funding is provided directly to, or on behalf of, the participant. This excludes basic career services and costs associated with staff time.

2 CFR § 200.413(a)