State of Maine Waiver Request Request for Waiver of Requirement to Conduct Evaluation Studies of Workforce Investment Activities for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth Posted for Public Comment
October 4, 2013
State of Maine Waiver Request
Request for Waiver of Requirement to Conduct Evaluation Studies of Workforce Investment Activities for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth
The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services (MDOL/BES) submits this request for a waiver of WIA Section 134(a)(2)(B)(ii) and 20 CFR 665.200(d) requiring the state to conduct ongoing evaluation studies of workforce investment activities for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. This waiver is to be retroactive for PY12 and to continue through PY13.
Date: September 26, 2013
Agency: Maine Department of Labor/Bureau of Employment Services
Statutory and/or regulatory requirements to be waived
The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services (BES) submits this request for a waiver for WIA Section 134(a)(2)(B)(ii) and 20 CFR 665.200(d) requiring the conduct of evaluations of workforce investment activities for adults, dislocated workers, and youth.
Actions undertaken to remove state or local barriers
There are no state or local statutory or regulatory barriers to implementing the proposed waiver.
Goals and expected programmatic outcomes of waiver
The reduction of the WIA Governor’s Reserve Funds to 5% for program years 2012 and 2013 restricts the State’s ability to effectively fund and carry out all nine of the required statewide workforce investment activities. The current funding level in the Governor’s reserve is insufficient to cover the cost of conducting evaluation studies of the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth Program activities. The State’s reduced funds are being used to cover the following required activities:
Operating fiscal and management accountability information systems (WIA Section 134(a)(2)(B)(v) and 20 CFR 665.200(b)(1);
Submitting required reports (WIA) Section 136(f);
Disseminating the list of eligible training providers for adults and dislocated workers (WIA Section 134(a)(2)(B)(i) and CFR 665.200(b)(1) and youth activities (20 CFR 665.200(b)(4), and;
Providing technical assistance to poor performing areas (WIA Section 134(a)(2)(B)(iv) and 20 CFR 665.200(f)
Our goal in seeking this waiver is to ensure that Maine can prioritize the use of the Governor’s reserve funds for the required statewide activities we deem most essential to the basic functions of the workforce investment system while allowing progress on the Governor's statewide initiatives as identified in the recently approved 2012-2016 WIA Strategic Plan. There are no expected programmatic outcome changes as a result of this waiver request.
The estimated costs of evaluations for PY12 are no less than $30,000. There are no discretionary funds remaining for PY12 nor will there be sufficient funds available for PY13 and MDOL cannot conduct evaluations without adequate funding. The State will continue to collect data and monitor all workforce operations annually. Our goal is to stay abreast of the challenges confronted by the system and to identify ways to implement continuous improvement measures in a cost-effective manner.
Individuals Impacted by the Waiver
There will be no impact to any individual. This waiver will provide the State with more flexibility in directing Governor’s Reserve Funds to those activities that best preserve basic functions of the statewide workforce investment system. It will also ease the financial burden placed on the entire workforce investment system to meet the unfunded mandate.
Process for Monitoring Progress in Implementation
MDOL/BES will monitor the progress and ensure accountability for Federal funds in connection with this waiver by reviewing monthly expenditure, performance and other reports, through regular contact with the ETA Regional office liaisons, and through its monitoring and performance accountability system.
Notice to Affected Local Boards
Should this waiver be granted, MDOL/BES would issue an electronic notice and offer technical assistance that will be disseminated to Chairpersons and Staff of Local Workforce Investment Boards, Chief Elected Officials, WIA Service Providers, and WIA Fiscal Agents.
The completed waiver will be posted to the home page of the State Workforce Investment Board and the Maine Department of Labor/ Bureau of Employment Services for public comment for a 15 day comment period prior to formal submission to USDOL-ETA. http://www.maine.gov/labor/ and http://www.maine.gov/swib/