445.003 Implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.—
(1) WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT PRINCIPLES.—The state’s approach to implementing the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Pub. L. No. 113-128, should have six elements:
(a) Streamlining services.—Florida’s employment and training programs must be coordinated and consolidated at locally managed one-stop delivery system centers.
(b) Empowering individuals.—Eligible participants will make informed decisions, choosing the qualified training program that best meets their needs.
(c) Universal access.—Through a one-stop delivery system, every Floridian will have access to employment services.
(d) Increased accountability.—The state, localities, and training providers will be held accountable for their performance.
(e) Local board and private sector leadership.—Local workforce development boards will focus on strategic planning, policy development, and oversight of the local system, choosing local managers to direct the operational details of their one-stop delivery system centers.
(f) Local flexibility and integration.—Localities will have exceptional flexibility to build on existing reforms. Unified planning will free local groups from conflicting micromanagement, while waivers and WorkFlex will allow local innovations.
(2) FOUR-YEAR PLAN.—CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall prepare and submit a 4-year plan, consistent with the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Mandatory and optional federal partners shall be fully involved in designing the plan’s one-stop delivery system strategy. The plan must clearly define each program’s statewide duties and role relating to the system. The plan must detail a process that would fully integrate all federally mandated and optional partners.
(a) Title I, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds; Wagner-Peyser funds; and NAFTA/Trade Act funds will be expended based on the 4-year plan of CareerSource Florida, Inc. The plan must outline and direct the method used to administer and coordinate various funds and programs that are operated by various agencies. The following provisions apply to these funds:
1. At least 50 percent of the Title I funds for Adults and Dislocated Workers which are passed through to local workforce development boards shall be allocated to and expended on Individual Training Accounts unless a local workforce development board obtains a waiver from CareerSource Florida, Inc. Tuition, books, and fees of training providers and other training services prescribed and authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act qualify as Individual Training Account expenditures.
2. Fifteen percent of Title I funding shall be retained at the state level and dedicated to state administration and shall be used to design, develop, induce, and fund innovative Individual Training Account pilots, demonstrations, and programs. Of such funds retained at the state level, $2 million shall be reserved for the Incumbent Worker Training Program created under subparagraph 3. Eligible state administration costs include the costs of funding for the board and staff of CareerSource Florida, Inc.; operating fiscal, compliance, and management accountability systems through CareerSource Florida, Inc.; conducting evaluation and research on workforce development activities; and providing technical and capacity building assistance to local workforce development areas at the direction of CareerSource Florida, Inc. Notwithstanding s. 445.004, such administrative costs may not exceed 25 percent of these funds. An amount not to exceed 75 percent of these funds shall be allocated to Individual Training Accounts and other workforce development strategies for other training designed and tailored by CareerSource Florida, Inc., including, but not limited to, programs for incumbent workers, displaced homemakers, nontraditional employment, and enterprise zones. CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall design, adopt, and fund Individual Training Accounts for distressed urban and rural communities.
3. The Incumbent Worker Training Program is created for the purpose of providing grant funding for continuing education and training of incumbent employees at existing Florida businesses. The program will provide reimbursement grants to businesses that pay for preapproved, direct, training-related costs.
a. The Incumbent Worker Training Program will be administered by CareerSource Florida, Inc., which may, at its discretion, contract with a private business organization to serve as grant administrator.
b. The program shall be administered pursuant to s. 134(d)(4) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Priority for funding shall be given to businesses with 25 employees or fewer, businesses in rural areas, businesses in distressed inner-city areas, businesses in a qualified targeted industry, businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant upgrade in employee skills, or businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy.
c. All costs reimbursed by the program must be preapproved by CareerSource Florida, Inc., or the grant administrator. The program may not reimburse businesses for trainee wages, the purchase of capital equipment, or the purchase of any item or service that may possibly be used outside the training project. A business approved for a grant may be reimbursed for preapproved, direct, training-related costs including tuition, fees, books and training materials, and overhead or indirect costs not to exceed 5 percent of the grant amount.
d. A business that is selected to receive grant funding must provide a matching contribution to the training project, including, but not limited to, wages paid to trainees or the purchase of capital equipment used in the training project; must sign an agreement with CareerSource Florida, Inc., or the grant administrator to complete the training project as proposed in the application; must keep accurate records of the project’s implementation process; and must submit monthly or quarterly reimbursement requests with required documentation.
e. All Incumbent Worker Training Program grant projects shall be performance-based with specific measurable performance outcomes, including completion of the training project and job retention. CareerSource Florida, Inc., or the grant administrator shall withhold the final payment to the grantee until a final grant report is submitted and all performance criteria specified in the grant contract have been achieved.
f. CareerSource Florida, Inc., may establish guidelines necessary to implement the Incumbent Worker Training Program.
g. No more than 10 percent of the Incumbent Worker Training Program’s total appropriation may be used for overhead or indirect purposes.
4. At least 50 percent of Rapid Response funding shall be dedicated to Intensive Services Accounts and Individual Training Accounts for dislocated workers and incumbent workers who are at risk of dislocation. CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall also maintain an Emergency Preparedness Fund from Rapid Response funds, which will immediately issue Intensive Service Accounts, Individual Training Accounts, and other federally authorized assistance to eligible victims of natural or other disasters. At the direction of the Governor, these Rapid Response funds shall be released to local workforce development boards for immediate use after events that qualify under federal law. Funding shall also be dedicated to maintain a unit at the state level to respond to Rapid Response emergencies and to work with state emergency management officials and local workforce development boards. All Rapid Response funds must be expended based on a plan developed by CareerSource Florida, Inc., and approved by the Governor.
(b) The administrative entity for Title I, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds, and Rapid Response activities is the Department of Economic Opportunity, which shall provide direction to local workforce development boards regarding Title I programs and Rapid Response activities pursuant to the direction of CareerSource Florida, Inc.
(4) FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPTIONS AND REQUIRED MODIFICATIONS.—
(a) CareerSource Florida, Inc., may provide indemnification from audit liabilities to local workforce development boards that act in full compliance with state law and board policy.
(b) CareerSource Florida, Inc., may make modifications to the state’s plan, policies, and procedures to comply with federally mandated requirements that in its judgment must be complied with to maintain funding provided pursuant to Pub. L. No. 113-128. The board shall provide written notice to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives within 30 days after any such changes or modifications.
(c) CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Florida Department of Education to ensure that federally mandated requirements of Pub. L. No. 113-128 are met and are in compliance with the state plan for workforce development.
(5) LONG-TERM CONSOLIDATION OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.—CareerSource Florida, Inc., may recommend workforce-related divisions, bureaus, units, programs, duties, commissions, boards, and councils for elimination, consolidation, or privatization.
History.—s. 57, ch. 99-251; s. 46, ch. 2000-158; s. 3, ch. 2000-165; s. 69, ch. 2001-62; s. 41, ch. 2004-357; s. 78, ch. 2005-2; s. 2, ch. 2005-255; s. 381, ch. 2011-142; s. 1, ch. 2012-29; s. 27, ch. 2015-98; s. 26, ch. 2016-216.