5101:9-31-54 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs.

[This rule designated an internal management rule]

(A) Effective February 17, 2009, ARRA was passed and funding made available to create and save jobs. As part of this stimulus package, ARRA provides funding for WIA services to adults, dislocated workers, and youth who have been adversely affected by the changes occurring in the workforce as a result of the current economy.

(B) Local workforce investment areas' use of stimulus funds allocated by ARRA will be used to supplement program year (PY) 2008 and PY 2009 allotments for WIA Title I adult, dislocated worker and youth programs, and employment service (ES) activities, as required by the Wagner-Peyser Act (as amended) and to provide reemployment service (RES) funding.

(1) The period of availability for the ARRA allocation to local areas is February 17, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

(2) The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) numbers assigned to these activity programs is as follows:

(a) Adult - CFDA number 17.258.

(b) Dislocated - CFDA number 17.260.

(c) Youth - CFDA number 17.259.

(C) In accordance with the intent of ARRA, allocated funds must be spent expeditiously and effectively, with full transparency and accountability. Stimulus funds will provide an opportunity for the workforce system to accelerate its transformational efforts and demonstrate its full capacity to innovate and implement effective one-stop service delivery strategies.

(D) The allocation methodology is in accordance with the provisions outlined in rule 5101:9-31-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

(E) Allocated funds provided must be expended in accordance with all applicable federal statutes, regulations, policies, and guidance, including those of the ARRA of 2009 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

(1) Allocated ARRA funds must be spent in accordance with the approved WIA state plan, including approved local area plan amendments.

(2) Allocated ARRA funding shall be spent concurrently with other WIA and Wagner-Peyser funding to improve the effectiveness of the one-stop system and is not intended to replace existing WIA Title I formula funds, or state/local funding currently dedicated to workforce development and summer youth activities.

(3) In accordance with ARRA, local areas must have a 2009 summer program or work experience program for youth.

(F) ODJFS established random moment sampling (RMS) program codes for each program funding stream. Local areas and workforce development agencies shall use appropriate ARRA program codes with current activity codes when a worker is performing an activity related to ARRA funding.

(G) WIA procurement policies shall be administered and adhered to in accordance with rule 5101:9-4-07 of the Administrative Code.

(H) ARRA grant funding for adult and for dislocated worker activities.

(1) ARRA adult grants and ARRA dislocated worker grants are available for employment and training services to adults and dislocated workers in accordance with WIA formula subgrant requirements.

(2) Local areas may use up to ten per cent of the adult and dislocated worker ARRA funds for local administration.

(3) Local areas may transfer thirty per cent of their ARRA funding between the adult and dislocated worker programs.

(a) Local areas may code a portion equal to or less than thirty per cent of the allocated WIA adult grant for expenditures that are allowable under the WIA dislocated worker grant.

(b) Local areas may code a portion equal to or less than thirty per cent of the allocated WIA dislocated worker grant for expenditures that are allowable under the WIA adult grant.

(c) Local areas electing to charge a percentage of the ARRA adult grant for dislocated worker activities or charge a percentage of the dislocated worker grant for adult activities shall use the county finance information system (CFIS) transfer coding established for this purpose.

(4) ODJFS will issue program policy that details additional program requirements for the use of ARRA adult and dislocated worker funds.

(I) ARRA grant funding for youth activities.

(1) ARRA youth grants are available for any youth activities allowable under WIA. In addition, ARRA has expanded the age eligibility to include youth ages twenty-two through twenty-four.

(2) Local areas must utilize a minimum of thirty per cent of ARRA funding to service out-of school youth.

(3) The summer youth employment opportunity period is defined as May first through September thirtieth and is a required program under ARRA.

(4) Local areas may use up to ten per cent of the youth ARRA funds for local administration.

(5) ODJFS will issue program policy that details additional program requirements for the use of ARRA youth funds.

(J) Continuous monitoring will be conducted by ODJFS to ensure all financial and program provision are being met. The WIA local area shall maintain the completed 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 ODJFS and the Ohio auditor of state(AOS).

(K) The definitions, requirements, and responsibilities contained in rule 5101:9-6-50 of the Administrative Code are applicable to this allocation.

Effective: 09/15/2009
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02 , 6301.03
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02 , 6301.03