(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 WIA areas for project HIRE services. The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) has recorded this funding under 17.260 (dislocated workers), 17.259(youth), and 17.258(adult).
(B) The goal of project HIRE is to facilitate connections between job-seekers and employers by holding events around the state that bring together job-seekers and companies in targeted regional industries with incentives for hiring and training.
(C) Project HIRE provides an enhanced job matching program linking employers and job-seekers to training funds and tax credits. Project HIRE on-the-job training (OJT) is designed to match one-stop customers with hiring employers.
(D) Upon submission and approval of a plan, local one-stop systems will receive up to twenty-five thousand dollars for project HIRE activities beginning in September 2009.
(E) Local areas may submit requests for funding, along with a description of programs they believe qualify for funding, to the Ohio department of development (ODOD). ODOD will submit approved requests to ODJFS and ODJFS will allocate these funds to the WIA local areas. The submission deadline for project HIRE events is December 15, 2009.
(F) Allowable expenditures for project HIRE include costs approved by ODJFS on each one-stop system project HIRE plan (most likely event-related costs).
(G) Non-allowable expenditures include the following:
(2) Capital expenditures.
(3) Foreign travel.
(4) Incumbent worker programs.
(H) Project HIRE is a statewide initiative. Individual eligibility determinations need not be completed for project HIRE launch events. Eligibility is defined in the office of workforce development (OWD) program policy.
(I) . All funds must be expended by October 31, 2010 and liquidated by December 31, 2010. The grant availability and liquidation periods for this allocation will be communicated by ODJFS through the county finance information system (CFIS.) Funds must be expended by grant availability period and reported no later than the end of the liquidation period. 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.
(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).