US: Department of Labor - Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program

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Date: 2010/03/30
Policy Status: Current
Language: English
Jurisdiction: National
Country: United States of America
Institution: Department of Labor, Department of Education
Policy license: CC BY

Tags: TAACCCT, DOL, Dept. Labor, Dept. Education, CC BY

Policy Title: US: Department of Labor: Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grant program - Go to the policy
Author(s): US Department of Labor
Description: To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a TAACCCT grant, the grantee will be required to license to the public all work (except for computer software source code, discussed below) created with the support of the grant under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. Work that must be licensed under the CC BY includes both new content created with the grant funds and modifications made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds.

This license allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the copyrighted Work and requires such users to attribute the Work in the manner specified by the grantee. Notice of the license shall be affixed to the Work. For general information on CC BY, please visit Instructions for marking your work with CC BY can be found at Questions about CC BY as it applies to specific TAACCCT grant applications should be submitted to DOL to the Grants Management Specialist specified in Section VII.

Only work that is developed by the grantee with the grant funds is required to be licensed under the CC BY license. Pre-existing copyrighted materials licensed to, or purchased by the grantee from third parties, including modifications of such materials, remains subject to the intellectual property rights the grantee receives under the terms of the particular license or purchase. In addition, works created by the grantee without grant funds do not fall under the CC BY license requirement. The purpose of the CC BY licensing requirement is to ensure that materials developed with funds provided by these grants result in work that can be freely reused and improved by others. When purchasing or licensing consumable or reusable materials, grantees are expected to respect all applicable Federal laws and regulations, including those pertaining to the copyright and accessibility provisions of the Federal Rehabilitation Act.

Further, the Department requires that all computer software source code developed or created with TAACCCT funds will be released under an intellectual property license that allows others to use and build upon them. Specifically, the grantee will release all new source code developed or created with TAACCCT grant funds under an open license acceptable to either the Free Software Foundation and/or the Open Source Initiative.


On April 19, 2013 US Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris announced the third annual round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) grant program. The press release states that the current round of grants available is $474.5 million bringing the total 2011-13 program investment to nearly $1.5 billion. A summary blog post of the third-round DOL TAACCCT announcement can be found here:

$2 Billion total.

Policy Comments:

Note: this is one of multiple US Department of Labor CC BY open policies. See:

US Department of Labor: Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grants Program (not funded):

US Department of Labor: H-1B Ready to Work Partnership grant program