(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues the disability employment initiative (DEI) allocation to participating local workforce investment boards (LWIB). This allocation shall be used to fund DEI efforts designed to improve the education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving social security benefits.
(B) ODJFS will issue funding to five LWIBs. Three LWIBs will serve as pilot areas and participate in both project and evaluation activities. Two LWIBs will serve as comparison areas and only participate in the DEI evaluation activity component in paragraph (F) of this rule.
(C) One-stop centers identified by the participating pilot LWIBs will implement DEI required activities and strategic service delivery components.
(D) This allocation consists of one hundred per cent federal funds. The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) number for this allocation is 17.258 and further describes allowable expenditures.
(E) Pilot areas
Pilot areas participating in both project and evaluation activities shall submit a project plan and budget to ODJFS office of workforce development for approval. No more than ten per cent of the allocation will be used for administrative costs. Pilot area budgets shall include detail for the expenditure categories contained in this paragraph. The project plan must describe:
(1) Project activities that include:
(a) Disability resource coordinators and other project staff required to implement project design;
(b) Registering as an employment network under the social security administration's (SSA) "ticket to work" program;
(c) Ensuring continued one-stop physical, programmatic and communication accessibility; and
(d) Deployment of strategic service delivery strategies that include:
(i) Integrated resources teams;
(ii) Integration of resources - including services, blending, braiding and leveraging funds;
(iii) Customized employment;
(iv) Asset development strategies; and
(v) Partnerships and collaboration.
(e) Other office of workforce development (OWD) approved activities.
(2) Flexible spending that includes:
(a) Procurement of software upgrades;
(b) Assistive technology;
(c) Innovative approaches to meet the unique needs of a participant; and
(d) Other OWD approved activities.
(3) Evaluation activities that include:
(a) Data collection;
(b) Site visits;
(c) Focus groups; and
(d) Conference calls and meetings.
(F) Comparison areas
This allocation will support evaluation activities that include:
(1) Data collections;
(2) Site visits;
(3) Focus groups; and
(4) Conference calls and meetings.
(G) Non-allowable expenditures for pilot and comparison areas include:
(1) Payment of a participant's wages including stipends; and
(2) Excess staff salary and bonuses. Salary and bonus limitation definitions and requirements contained in "Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 5-06," issued by the employment and training administration advisory system of the U.S. department of labor (DOL) are applicable to this project.
(H) The funding period and liquidation period for this allocation will be communicated by ODJFS through the county finance information system (CFIS.) Funds must be expended by the end of the funding period and reported no later than the end of the liquidation period. The LWIB shall report expenditures on the JFS 01992 "Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Quarterly Financial Statement" as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code .
(I) LWIBs shall maintain documentation in accordance with the records retention requirements in rule 5101:9-9-21 of the Administrative Code. This documentation may be subject to inspection, monitoring, and audit by the ODJFS office of fiscal and monitoring services(OFMS) and the Ohio auditor of state (AOS).