(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) rapid response funding to provide additional assistance to local workforce development boards (LWDBs) that experience disasters, mass layoffs, plant closings, or other dislocation events that substantially increase the number of unemployed individuals.
(B) These allocations are one hundred per cent federal funds. The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) number is 17.278.
(C) Up to twenty-five per cent of dislocated worker formula funds may be reserved for rapid response activities as described in WIOA section 134(a)(2)(A) and 20 C.F.R. 682.300 to 682.370.
(1) LWDBs may apply for rapid response funds when they have experienced increased numbers of unemployed individuals due to natural disasters, plant closings, mass layoffs or other events or for provision of direct services including layoff aversion to participants if there are not adequate local funds available to assist the dislocated worker population. The LWDB shall provide rapid response activities as described in 20 C.F.R. 682.300.
(2) Funds reserved for rapid response activities that remain unobligated after the first program year of fund availability may be used to carry out statewide activities in subsequent program years as described in WIOA section 134(a)(2)(A)(ii) and 20 C.F.R. 682.370.
(E) The LWDB 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).