The Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200.71 states, “When used in connection with a non-Federal entity’s utilization of funds under a Federal award, obligations means orders placed for property and services, contracts, and subawards made, and similar transactions during a given period that require payment by the non-Federal entity during the same or a future period”. TEGL 28-10 states that obligations represent definite commitments which will result in future expenditures. Obligations are legal requirements – not plans, budgets or encumbrances. Some examples of obligations are open purchase orders, child care contracts, on-the-job training agreements, ITAs (for which enrollments have occurred), and subaward agreements (excluding budgeted amounts for ITAs for which enrollments have not occurred). Accrued expenditures are part of the total obligations to be reported. Encumbrances or budgeted amounts, such as projected staff time or future/projected rent payments, do not qualify as obligations.
The Office of Equal Opportunity Monitoring and Compliance is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) office that oversees the implementation of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (EO) provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
On-the-Job Training provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training for newly hired employees and the lost production of current employees providing the training (including management staff). OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the wage rate (in certain circumstances up to 75%) of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs. Under some programs, such as those funded by H-1B fees, OJT reimbursement may be as high as 90%, depending on employer size.
1. In addition to the three types of designated centers and access sites that may be included in the local one-stop delivery system, WIOA customers may also avail themselves of other workforce, education, training, and support services in their areas.
2. Because these “other sites” do not offer services, programs, or activities by a WIOA partner agency or receive WIOA funding, they may not display signage identifying the site as part of the Illinois workNet or American Job Center network.
3. Other sites do not need to be included in operating costs in the MOU nor do they need to go through the certification process.
Out-of-School Youth means an individual who is— (i) not attending any school (as defined under State law); (ii) not younger than age 16 or older than age 24; and (iii) one or more of the following: (I) A school dropout. (II) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. (III) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is—(aa) basic skills deficient; or (bb) an English language learner. (IV) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system. (V) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (VI) An individual who is pregnant or parenting. (VII) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VIII) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.