Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Veterans' Services

Veterans Priority of Service

Recipients (and sub-recipients) of Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) funds for qualified job training programs are subject to the priority of service regulations, and are required by law to provide priority of service to veterans and eligible spouses. The Final Rule defines:

a) "recipient" to mean an entity to which Federal financial assistance, in whole or in part, is awarded directly from the Department or through sub-award for any qualified job training program;


b) "qualified job training program" to mean any program or service for workforce preparation, development, or delivery that is directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor and Regulation (20 CFR 1010.110). For the purpose of this guidance, the term "program operator" is intended to refer to a recipient or a sub-recipient of DLR funds for a qualified job training program. Agreement by a program operator to implement priority of service is a condition of receipt of DLR funds. Therefore, the requirement to provide priority of service applies to all Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Wagner-Peyser funded activities, including technology-assisted activities; the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP); Indian and Native American Programs (INAP); National Farmworker Jobs Training Programs (NFJP); Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs (TAA); job training programs funded through the Women's Bureau, and any other current or future qualified job training program. Additionally, all program operators are required to ensure that priority of service is applied by all sub-recipients of DLR funds. All program activities issued or executed by program operators, regardless of how they are procured, must be administered in compliance with priority of service requirements.

Resources (in Adobe .pdf format*)

Training Employment and Guidance Letter (TEGL) 10-09

Implementing Priority of Service (letter of guidance from Veteran's Employment and Training)

Aspects of Workforce Programs that Related to Priority of Service (Attachment A)

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Regarding Priority of Service (Attachment B)



Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184