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As you know, the federal government has been shut down in the wake of a failure by Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund non-essential functions/agencies. I have spoken at length with the regional leadership of DOL regarding potential impact, if any, upon our workforce system. And, DCEO has shared the following:
GRANTS OPERATING UNDER OBLIGATED FUNDS
Those grants to which the Department of Labor (DOL) has already obligated funds will be able to continue operating. This includes the Program Year 2012 WIA, Program Year 2013 WIA YOUTH, and other non-formula grants such as Trade, Rapid Response, National Emergency Disaster, National Emergency Dislocated Worker Training (1E), and Workforce Innovation Fund Grants. LWIAs can also continue to draw down Program Year 2013 ADULT and DISLOCATED WORKER funds up to the “first quarter limits” outlined in WIA Notice 12-NOT-05.
2013 WIA ADVANCE FUNDS
The first quarter limitation of Adult and Dislocated Worker funds remains in place until there is an approved appropriations bill. DOL is being cautious because they do not know what the final appropriation bill will include with regards to the allowable expenditures. There is no guarantee that the appropriations bill once passed will allow costs going back to October 1, 2013.
It is, therefore, in an abundance of caution that The Partnership is freezing the issuance of training vouchers for clients being funded by the PY 2013 Adult (1A) and Dislocated Worker (1D) programs. Thus, all voucher applications with a start date of October 2, 2013 and later, until further notice, will not be honored for payment. This will NOT impact those clients currently enrolled in occupational training.
The Partnership is monitoring this situation daily and will continue to provide guidance for all stakeholders as events unfold. Ultimately, our next steps will be determined by the length of the shut down. We will update you as soon as more information is available.
For your convenience, a detailed Q & A from DOL can be accessed through the link below.
Q&A document link here
We thank you for your unending commitment to serving the residents and businesses of Cook County and Chicagoland; and urge you to email us with questions at Programs@workforceboard.org.
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