5101:9-31-60 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Ohio learning accounts (OLA) allocation.

[This rule designated an internal management rule]

(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) is allocating ten per cent discretionary funds from the WIA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to local areas for project OLA services for Ohio's unemployed or dislocated workers. The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) has recorded this funding under 17.260 (dislocated workers), 17.259(youth), and 17.258(adult).

(B) OLA will expand training opportunities for unemployed or dislocated workers and provide an enhanced job matching program to link employers with these job-seekers.

(C) OLA will provide up to seven million dollars for short-term training, including on the job training. Through OLA, Ohio will provide flexible training accounts of up to six thousand dollars for individual dislocated workers who require training or certification in order to find jobs.

(D) Local areas may submit requests for funding to ODJFS, along with a description of programs they believe qualify for funding. ODJFS will allocate these funds to the WIA local areas upon ODJFS approval of the request.

(E) Local areas may request up to five per cent of the customer training amount (maximum amount of three hundred dollars for a customer account of six thousand dollars) for administration of the OLA program.

(F) Allowable expenditures include but are not limited to:

(1) Tuition and fees.

(2) Books and supplies associated with classroom training.

(3) Up to fifty per cent of the individual's "straight wage" (excludes overtime and, holiday pay) for up to six months to compensate the employer for extraordinary costs associated with hiring the new employee.

(G) Non-allowable expenditures include:

(1) Food.

(2) Capital expenditures.

(3) Foreign travel.

(H) Training must be completed by December 31, 2010. The reporting and liquidation period for these funds is September 1, 2009 through March 31, 2011 and local areas must use the JFS 01992 "Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Fund Certification Sheet" (revised 4/2006) for reporting.

(I) The local workforce investment board (WIB) is responsible for ensuring oversight of the program. The administrative entity should periodically monitor the project to ensure goals are being met and adhered to and are in accordance with WIA laws and regulations including TEGL No. 14-08.

(J) The WIA local area 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).

Effective: 11/23/2009
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02 , 6301.03
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02 , 6301.03