Rapid response is defined in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 as an activity provided by a state, or by an entity designated by a state, with funds reserved by the state under WIA Section 134(a)(1)(A) in the case of a closure or mass layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, a natural or other disaster, or other events that precipitate substantial increases in the number of unemployed individuals in order to assist individuals in obtaining reemployment as soon as possible, with various services. The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) has recorded this funding under 17.278 (dislocated workers) in accordance with training and employment guidance letter (TEGL) number 10-10.
(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) is responsible for providing rapid response activities. A rapid response activity is a required activity carried out in local areas with funding provided by ODJFS in conjunction with the local workforce investment board (WIB), chief elected officials, and rapid response teams. ODJFS must establish methods by which to provide additional assistance to local areas that experience disasters, mass layoffs, plant closings, or other dislocation events when such events substantially increase the number of unemployed individuals.
(B) A local area or WIB shall provide rapid response activities in addition to the activities required to be provided under 20 C.F.R 665.310.
(C) Of the dislocated worker formula funds received by ODJFS, fifteen per cent are reserved for required and discretionary statewide activities as described in section 134 of WIA. Up to twenty-five per cent of the dislocated worker formula funds are reserved for rapid response activities as described in WIA section 134(a) (2)(A) and 20 C.F.R. 665.310 and 20 C.F.R. 665.320. The remaining sixty per cent of dislocated worker formula funds are distributed to the workforce investment areas through the dislocated worker allocation methodology as detailed in the ODJFS plan and approved by the governor's workforce policy board. Local workforce investment areas 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 to participants (such as intensive, training, and other services) if there are not adequate local funds available to assist the dislocated worker population.
(D) ODJFS also uses rapid response funds for discretionary allocations. ODJFS will use discretionary funds for core, intensive, and training services. Rapid response funds are expended in accordance with federal and ODJFS' policy, and the local area plan.
(E) Local areas must use the JFS 01992 "Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Fund Certification Sheet" as cited in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code for reporting expenditures.
(F) The WIA local area should 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).