Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development

Waivers provide a State and its local workforce development boards with the flexibility to modify a program’s requirements to design and deliver services that will better meet the needs of employers and job seekers. Waivers are subject to US Department of Labor approval.

The state may develop policies and guidance to reflect the terms of these waivers and the parameters governing the service delivery process. These requirements can be found in the current Ohio Combined State Plan

Ohio has received approval of the following waivers to enhance local flexibility and the integration of funding streams under the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP): 

  1. Waiver to allow both WIOA and TANF funds spent on out-of-school youth to count towards the requirement to expend 75 percent of funds on out-of-school youth.
  2. Waiver to allow the State to calculate the 75 percent out-of-school expenditure rate at the State level rather than the local area level.
  3. Waiver to allow in-school youth to receive training through individual training accounts.
  4. Waiver of the requirement to report placement outcomes for all students who attended an Eligible Training Provider's programs

More information on implementing the first three waivers is available in WIOA policy letter #17-04.1 and the fourth waiver in WIOA policy letter #16-02.1.

Waiver of Requirement that Local Areas Expend All Funds in Two-year Period

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is the state workforce agency. In that capacity, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ODJFS obtained a statewide waiver of the requirement for local areas to return to the State any WIOA adult, dislocated worker, and youth funds for Program Year 2018 / Fiscal Year 2019 which are not expended in the required two-year period. The waiver of these requirements will allow the local workforce areas to automatically keep this funding for the entire third year through June 30th, 2021.

To view the waiver, click here

Pending WIOA Waivers 

Waiver to Increase Incumbent Worker Training(IWT) Allowance

ODJFS is seeking to obtain a statewide waiver of provisions in WIOA 134(d)(4) and 20 CFR 680.800(a) which state that local workforce development areas (local areas) may reserve and use no more than 20 percent of Adult and Dislocated Worker funds for incumbent worker training (IWT). Specifically, the State of Ohio is requesting a waiver to permit local areas to increase the allowable threshold available for IWT from 20 to 50 percent through June 30, 2022. The purpose of this waiver is to assist local areas in their response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To review the draft of the waiver, click here.

To comment, please click here.

Please submit comments by March 15, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. 


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