5101:9-6-53 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) national dislocated worker grant (NDWG) allocation.

(A) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) issues NDWG allocations to local workforce development boards (LWDBs) to provide assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events which cause significant job losses as described in section 170 of the WIOA, 20 C.F.R. part 687.

(1) NDWG funds assist LWDBs in temporarily expanding the capacity to serve dislocated workers, including military services members, and meeting the increased demand for employment and training services, with the goal of quickly reemploying laid-off workers and enhancing their employability and earnings .

(2) Disaster NDWGs provide funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster is declared eligible for public assistance by the federal emergency management agency (FEMA) or otherwise recognized by a federal agency with authority or jurisdiction over the federal response to the emergency or disaster.

(3) NDWG funds are available in response to significant dislocation events that create a sudden need for assistance, which exceeds the on-going operations of the formula-funded dislocated worker program, including discretionary resources reserved at the state level.

(B) The catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) is 17.277.

(C) ODJFS will communicate the grant availability and liquidation periods for this allocation through the county finance information system (CFIS). Funds must be expended within the period of performance and disbursed and reported no later than the end of the liquidation period.

(D) ODJFS negotiates the scope of services to be provided with an NDWG with the United States department of labor (DOL). The services are based on the needs of the targeted population covered by the NDWG, information provided by the local area where the event(s) occurred, and other relevant circumstances. NDWG funds are generally used for the following services:

(1) Career and training services as defined in sections 134(c)(2) and (c)(3) of WIOA;

(2) Supportive and enhanced career pathway services to help workers participate in the activities provided for in the grant;

(3) Needs related payments (NRP) provided as financial assistance in support of other employment and training assistance for dislocated workers to participate in training services; and

(4) Disaster projects and short term relief employment.

(E) Local areas that have identified the need for NDWG assistance must submit a formal request to ODJFS in accordance with the following procedures:

(1) Requests can be submitted at any time during the program year (PY).

(2) Requests must be developed by or in conjunction with the LWDB and chief elected official(s) of the local area(s) in which the proposed project is to operate.

(F) Local areas must apply and receive approval from the office of workforce development (OWD) to receive funding.

(1) Upon approval of the formal request each local area will receive a commitment of funding for planning purposes as well as an allocation, which may be less than the commitment.

(2) Local areas must expend seventy per cent or more of the current allocation before requesting additional funds from their total commitment; and upon expenditure of seventy per cent of the current allocation, a local area may request additional funding by submitting documentation to ODJFS of the following:

(a) Total expenditures;

(b) An estimate of additional funding needs to the end of the grant period; and

(c) An explanation of how the additional funds will be spent.

(3) ODJFS will review the information in order to determine the increased allocation amount.

(4) As participating areas request additional funding, ODJFS may have a need to revise the commitments of funding for other workforce areas in order to maximize utilization of Ohio's NDWG resources. ODJFS submits all NDWG applications to DOL on behalf of one or more LWDB.

(5) LWDBs may contact ODJFS if NDWG funds are not available to serve impacted workers. At that time, ODJFS will assess all available resources, and in coordination with the LWDB, determine how best to support the workers with statewide discretionary or rapid response funds.

(G) A local area that receives an NDWG allocation shall report expenditures as described in rule 5101:9-7-29 of the Administrative Code.

(H) Local areas, project operators, and subrecipients of NDWG funds shall adhere to all federal, state, and local rules, laws, and regulations and other limitations or provisions identified by ODJFS. Specific regulations are defined in the office of budget and management (OMB) circular 2 C.F.R. part 200.

(I) The WIOA local area shall maintain documentation as described 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).

Replaces: 5101:9-6-53

Effective: 5/14/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.02, 6301.03
Rule Amplifies: 5101.02, 6301.03
Prior Effective Dates: 6/5/05, 10/15/06, 7/1/10, 12/1/10