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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

III. b. 5. B. ii. Describe how the eligible agency will ensure direct and equitable access to all eligible providers to apply and compete for funds and how the eligible agency will ensure that it is using the same grant or contract announcement and application procedure for all eligible providers

Current Narrative:

The Alabama Community College System (ACCS), Adult Education Division, will hold a full and open competition consistent with the standards of CFR 200.319. All eligible agencies will be granted direct and equitable access to apply and compete for grants or contracts. The following steps will be initiated to ensure direct and equitable access:
⦁    An announcement of the availability of federal funds, under the auspices of Title II of the Workforce Innovation Act of 2014, will be posted on the ACCS website and other means of available communication such as social media.
⦁    The same announcement, grant, and application process will be used for all eligible providers in the state in sections 221, 225, 243 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Standard criteria for evaluation of local proposals will be used for all eligible providers. The application processes will be designed so that direct application to the State eligible agency is clearly evident, customary, and non-negotiable. 
⦁    A Request for Funding Proposal Bidder’s Conference webinar is conducted to provide information to all eligible providers interested in applying. The specific date, time, and directions for accessing the webinar is part of the RFP package.  The webinar will be recorded and placed on the website with the RFP guidelines, information, resources, application, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  
⦁    The announcement will contain information pertaining to:
⦁    Type of grants available
⦁    Contact person 
⦁    Timeline with grant application due date included
⦁    Other pertinent WIOA required information