WOTC to Continue Despite Government Shutdown
Due to an impasse in both chambers of congress on how to fund the ongoing operation of the Federal government, the government has officially shutdown as of midnight on October 1, 2013 (Note – the federal fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30). This shutdown, as has been widely reported, has far reaching effects on many government services including The Small Business Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Park Service, The Environmental Protection Agency, E-Verify, and the Department of Labor.
To address potential issues facing the DOL, a new TEGL was issued along with an FAQ on specific DOL programs. While WOTC is not mentioned specifically, it is clear that an administrative shutdown affecting the entire Employment Training Authority is in effect. While the Federal budget is tied to the fiscal year as mentioned above, WOTC is funded on a calendar year basis under the legislative authority of the program. Note that the federal portion of the State Workforce Agencies funding only represents a percentage of their overall funding, with Wagner-Peyzer and WIA funds used as supplement.
Equifax will be monitoring this situation and will provide updates as available. For context, government shutdowns have happened before with the longest shutdown in US history lasting 21 days, though most shutdowns have lasted three or less days.
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