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Employment and Training Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20520



Deputy Assistant SecretariesMatthew Hunter
Nancy Rooney
Amy Simon

The Employment and Training Administration helps the U.S. labor market function more efficiently by providing job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services.


In addition to training, employment, information, and services, which are provided primarily through State and local workforce development systems, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) also administers programs to enhance employment opportunities and promote business prosperity.


The Office of Apprenticeship oversees the National Apprenticeship System, sets standards for apprenticeship, and assists States, industry, and labor in developing apprenticeship programs that meet required standards, while promoting equal opportunity and safeguarding the welfare of apprentices.

Contracts Management

The Office of Contracts Management advises the Assistant Secretary of the ETA, in a manner that is consistent with Federal statutes and regulations, on mission-critical procurement matters. The Office applies procurement services to ETA organizational components to address business challenges with best practices and cost-effective solutions.

Financial Administration

The Office of Financial Administration (OFA) manages all ETA fiscal resources for programs and activities for which funds are appropriated through the Office's functions of accounting, budget, and financial system oversight. The Office provides budgetary, accounting, audit, and internal control management. It coordinates with the departmental budget center and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to provide financial management that supports carrying out the ETA's mission.

Foreign Labor Certification

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) carries out the delegated responsibility of the Secretary of Labor under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, concerning the admission of foreign workers into the United States for employment. In carrying out this responsibility, the Office administers temporary nonimmigrant and permanent labor certification programs through the ETA's national processing centers that are located in Chicago and Atlanta.

The OFLC also administers nationally the issuance of employer-requested prevailing wage determinations through the ETA's National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center, which is located in Washington, DC. Prevailing wage determinations are issued for use in all nonagricultural temporary labor certification programs and the permanent labor certification program.

Grants Management

The Office of Grants Management provides grants management expertise to ETA offices and stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a grant. The Office delivers centralized grants administration and policy expertise to support pre-award, award, period of performance, audit resolution, and closeout of ETA Federal assistance awards.

Job Training

Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the Nation and has been operating for more than half of a century. The program helps eligible young people who are 16–24 years old complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.

Policy Development and Research

The Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) supports ETA policies and investments to improve the public workforce system by analyzing, formulating, and recommending legislative changes and options for policy initiatives. The Office coordinates the ETA's legislative and regulatory activities and their interactions with international organizations and foreign countries. The OPDR maintains the ETA's portion of the Department of Labor's regulatory agenda and disseminates advisories and publications. The Office provides the ETA with strategic approaches to improve performance and outcomes through research, demonstrations, and evaluation of its major programs. The Office manages the Workforce Investment Act performance accountability reporting system; oversees the maintenance of wage record exchange systems for State and other grantees; coordinates the development of the ETA's operating plan; and disseminates workforce program performance results. The OPDR also provides policy guidance on and technical assistance for the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) administers a workers assistance program for those who have lost or may lose their jobs because of foreign trade. The TAA program provides reemployment services and allowances for eligible individuals.

Unemployment Compensation

The Office of Unemployment Insurance provides national leadership, oversight, policy guidance, and technical assistance to the Federal-State unemployment compensation system. The Office also interprets Federal legislative requirements.

Workforce Investment

The Office of Workforce Investment implements an integrated national workforce investment system that supports economic growth and provides workers with information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services, and training for employment. The Office also helps employers hire skilled workers.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that ETA records have been assigned to record group 369.


The ETA uses its advisory system to disseminate its interpretations of Federal laws; procedural, administrative, management, and program direction; and other information to the States, direct grant recipients, and other interested parties.

Career Opportunities

In 2019, the ETA ranked 369th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

ETA contact information is available on its website. | Email:

Contact information for the ETA's six regional offices is available online.


The Division of Research and Evaluation posts datasets for public use on the ETA's website.

The Office of Unemployment Insurance posts unemployment insurance data as part of the ETA's contribution to the Department of Labor's collection and publication of data.

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification posts employment-based immigration data on the ETA's website. Three main categories are used to organize the data: selected statistics that provide cumulative quarterly data by major immigration program; cumulative quarterly and fiscal year releases of program disclosure data; and historical fiscal year annual program and performance report information.

The Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance posts charts, statistics, and other information on the ETA's website. Three main categories are used to organize the data: petitions and determinations, participants, and financial.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the ETA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Job Corps

An online directory has contact information for the Office of Job Corps, including the national Job Corps hotline and phone numbers and email addresses for Office of the Administrator staff. It also allows convenient access to information for contacting Job Corps regional offices.

Job Seekers

The ETA posts resources for job seekers on its website.


A large repository of information is available online from the "ETA Library" web page.

National Agricultural Workers Survey

This employment-based and random-sample survey of U.S. crop workers brings together demographic, employment, and health data that are collected during face-to-face interviews.


The ETA posts news releases on the Department of Labor's website.

Rapid Response Services

Rapid Response is designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. Rapid Response teams work with employers and employee representatives to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss.

Reducing Recidivism

The Reentry and Employment Opportunities—Adult Program strengthens urban communities through an employment-centered program of mentoring, job training, and other comprehensive transitional services. Helping former inmates find employment when they return to their communities reduces recidivism.


The research publication database provides access to a collection of research and evaluation reports. The ETA commissioned the research and evaluation reports to help guide the workforce investment system in administering effective programs that enhance employment opportunity and business.


The ETA website has a section dedicated to veterans. It offers resources for veteran who are job seekers and for providers of employment and training programs.

Youth Services

A section of the ETA's website is dedicated to youth programs and services.

The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.