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PA Department of Labor & Industry Seeking Public Input

The PA Department of Labor and Industry LogoThe Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is currently seeking public comment on the proposed  Statewide Funds for Qualifying Event Waiver Plan.

Background:  In 2018, the commonwealth requested from U.S. DOL an allowance of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, Section 134(a) Statewide Employment and Training Activities for a waiver request denoted as the WIOA Title I Reserved Statewide Funds for Qualifying Events Waiver Plan. U.S. DOL approved the waiver plan on Dec. 3, 2018, adding a condition that allowed the commonwealth to use unobligated prior-year governor’s reserved Rapid Response funds to permit temporary employment for eligible participants. 

This waiver request plan is submitted in accordance with the Secretary’s waiver authority outlined in Section 189(i)(3)(B) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, and 20 CFR 679.620. Funds reserved by a Governor under WIOA sections 128(a)(1) and 133(a)(2) shall be described in this waiver plan as “WIOA statewide employment and training funding.” 

For each unique qualifying event, this waiver plan permits the commonwealth to direct the use of WIOA statewide employment and training funding as deemed most appropriate given the nature of the qualifying event and as the need presents itself. 

Any interested party wishing to comment on the waiver request must do so in writing by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Comments may be e-mailed to RA-LI-BWDA-Policy@pa.gov.

Comments received during this period will be addressed prior to the waiver request’s submission to USDOL.