POLICIES RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON 3/06/2018

The Industry and Employment Committee approved the release of four (4) new and revised policies for a 30-day public comment period in its meeting of 3/06/2018. Comments will be received at operations@seakingwdc.org until 04/05/2018.

1.    FOLLOW-UP SERVICES FOR ADULT & DISLOCATED WORKERS

LINK TO POLICY: NEW – Policy No. 01-2018 (V.1)

Summary: This new policy provides operational guidance regarding activities that constitute follow-up services for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker program exiters, as directed by the new Employment Security Department Program Policy No. 5620, Follow-Up Services for Adult and Dislocated Workers. Neither the WDC nor ESD policy includes follow-up services for WIOA Title I Youth programs, which are specified as Youth Program Element 9 of the Department of Labor’s Training and Employment Guidance Letter 21-16.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • Adult and dislocated worker program participants who are placed in unsubsidized employment and have system-exited will be notified of the follow-up services available, as specified (not to include supportive services, which can only be provided while a customer is still enrolled).
  • Contact with system-existed participants who request follow-up services will be made, at a minimum, once every 3 months for up to 12 months following program exit.

2.    WORK EXPERIENCE POLICY FOR WIOA TITLE I PROGRAMS

LINK TO POLICY: NEW – Policy No. 02-2018 (V.1)

Summary: This new policy establishes standards for structuring Work Experience (WEX) programs for eligible WIOA Title I adults, dislocated workers, and youth participants. A WEX for adults and dislocated workers is planned, structured, time-limited learning that occurs in a workplace. Youth WEX also must include an academic and occupational education component. Wages are provided by the WIOA service provider and paid directly to the participant. Employers are not monetarily compensated.

Key Policy Provisions:

  • Sets contractual standards for the WEX agreement between the WIOA service provider, WEX employer, and WEX participant.
  • Provides guidance on WEX timeframes at 90 – 240 hours, and compensation equal to local minimum wage.
  • Establishes eligibility for employers and WEX participants, including individuals who have received funding through an Individual Training Account (ITA), cohort, or other WIOA-funded training.
  • Funding for training and WEXs are separate, however a WEX is subject to the same $7,000 lifetime maximum limit as ITAs.
  • Per WIOA requirements, 20% of WIOA youth funding will be spent on youth WEX programs.

3.    SUPPORTIVE SERVICES & NEEDS-RELATED PAYMENTS

LINK TO POLICY: REVISED – Policy No. 04-2001 (V.9)

Summary: This policy revision provides operational guidance regarding allowable supportive services for WIOA Title I program participants and is updated as directed by the revised ESD Program Policy 5602, Rev. 1, Supportive Services and Needs-Related Payments. The WDC will also provide guidance for supportive services allowed under other program grants, via addenda, as necessary.

Key Policy Revisions:

  • Supportive services no longer include purchases of groceries or food.
  • Assistance with housing now specifically includes assistance with mortgage payments.
  • No change to local policy limit of $700 per year, per participant, with exclusions for childcare payments, out-of-state job search, relocation assistance, or the cost of testing for disabilities.

4.    PROCUREMENT POLICY

LINK TO POLICY: REVISED – Policy No. 03-2002 (V.5)

Summary: This policy revision addresses the procedures for procurement and selection of the one-stop operator, services providers, and other goods and services, and is updated to include provisions in the revised ESD Program Policy 5404, Rev. 1, Procurement and Selection of One-Stop Operators and Service Providers. Additionally the policy is updated to include local provisions around debriefs and appeals of procurement awards.

Key Policy Revisions:

  • Informal debriefs are available to bidders after the procurement is closed and may be requested up to 30 calendar days from the Notice of Award.
  • Bidders may request to appeal the Notice of Award within 7 c days from the awards, and the appeal process will be detailed in the procurement document.
  • Appeals will be accepted for procedural matters, including alleged bias, discrimination, or conflict of interest; or non-compliance with the procedures described in the procurement document or policy.