The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) annually sets aside 10 percent of the funds allocated to states to be used for statewide activities. WIA requires that certain activities be undertaken with the 10 percent funds and cites other activities that are permitted, but not required.
The amount invested per activity, and whether investments are made in the permitted activities, is at the discretion of the Governor (review the guidelines). The Governor determines the priority and amount of 10 percent funds to be dedicated to non-mandated purposes (e.g., aerospace training). Those funds are then distributed based on contracts.
PY17 Rapid Response Increased Employment Contract
ESD will release $2.5 million in PY17 Rapid Response funding, replicating last year’s Increased Employment Initiative (RRIE). This process is founded upon four goals: avoiding large end-of year-distributions per WDC request; providing flexible funding for WDC-initiated process improvement projects; increasing the number of dislocated workers who receive service and find jobs; and encouraging more layoff aversion activities per USDOL’s request.
Rapid Response Increased Employment has three parts: Increased Employment, Process Improvement, and Layoff Aversion. To be eligible for Process Improvement and Layoff Aversion, WDCs must accept Increased Employment funding and agree to proportional increase enrollment and employment outcomes. All three parts, for WDCs who request them, will be combined into a single contract.
- Notice of Funds Available – PY 17 Rapid Response Increased Employment (Word)
- Budget & Participant Planning Form (Exhibit A) for PY 17 Rapid Response Increased Employment (Excel)
- Application for PY 17 Rapid Response Increased Employment Process Improvement and/or Layoff Aversion (Word)
- Quarterly Narrative Report – PY 17 Rapid Response Increased Employment (Word)
PY18 Economic Security for All (EcSA) initiative.
We recently learned of the upcoming opportunity to submit proposals for the Economic Security for All (EcSA) initiative. The Governor’s office designated a portion of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) statewide activities fund for use on poverty reduction models by local areas. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) will likely be due back before the end of March.
- EcSA initiative information (Word)
Quarterly Report Materials
Contractors must submit a three-part status report, a template is included in each contract packet, to their ESD Program Manager 30 days after the end of each quarter defined by the Workforce Investment Act. (Example: If the quarter end is June 30th, the report is due July 30th.)
Invoice Expenditure Detail
Beginning July 1, 2011 we require the Invoice Expenditure Detail Spreadsheet (Excel) to be included with every invoice request for payment. Any invoice received after July 1, 2011 that does not include a completed Invoice Expenditure Detail spreadsheet will not be processed for payment until we have received this. Refer to the instructions (Word) for details.
Please note: The Invoice Expenditure Detail spreadsheet is not a substitute for the accounting backup documentation normally sent in with invoices, but should be included in addition to those documents.
Discretionary Funding Opportunities
Employment Security may release discretionary funding opportunities that are distributed in contracts, some examples of current contracts include Rapid Response Additional Assistance, Job Driven and Sector Partnership National Emergency Grants (See NDWG section) and YouthWorks.
Key Team Members
Steve Perry, Workforce Initiatives Manager
Erica Maki, Workforce Initiatives Manager
Donna Mack, Workforce Initiatives Manager
Group email address: ESDGPWorkforceInitiatives@esd.wa.gov