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a. 2. A. Provide State policies or guidance for the statewide workforce development system and for use of State funds for workforce investment activities

Current Narrative:

State Policies or Guidance for the Statewide Workforce Development System

Federal and state program guidance is communicated to local workforce development partners through participation in state-level policy development activities described in the Policy Development Framework, formally promulgated and documented in a series of administrative guidance papers developed by DEO. These policy documents are evaluated by state and local partners before final issuance. This policy and administrative information can be found at: http://floridajobs.org/workforce-board-resources/policy-and-guidance/guidance-papers.

Programmatic and administrative requirements are described in a Grantee-Sub-Grantee Agreement executed by DEO and each local workforce development board requiring their compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations and any special state requirements.

State Policy Guidance Information:

  • Chapter 445, Florida Statutes (Workforce Innovation Act), Section 1008 FETPIP and other administrative requirements described in State Guidance http://leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/
  • Local Planning Instructions


  • Department of Economic Opportunity Regulations, Division of Workforce Services, Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 73B flrules.org
  • DEO Administrative Policies organized by workforce program


  • DEO Memoranda, organized by year of issuance


  • DEO Monitoring Tools


DEO forwards federal directives and other resource materials via communiqués (issued when DEO comments on the federal document) or via email notification and posting on the DEO website.

Use of Statewide Funds for Workforce Development Activities
Funding provided under WIOA must be allocated in accordance with the authorizing federal act (Public Law 113-128, as amended). This act defines specific allocation methodologies for its three principal funding streams (Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker) to be followed in allocating funding to local workforce development boards. It also defines allowances for funding levels for the state rapid response initiative and state-level set-aside funds (also referred to as the Governor’s Reserve or as discretionary state board funding).

In the case of TANF state-appropriated funds, the Florida Legislature allocates a certain level of funding to the workforce system but does not define specific local allocations or the specific allocation methodology that the state board must use. However, the Legislature does define specific line-item appropriations or specific proviso language which would be deducted from total funding available prior to the allocation of TANF funds to local workforce development boards. The Board of Directors, in determining specific local allocations, is required to maximize funds distributed directly to the local workforce development boards through these appropriations, with such distributions to be based on the anticipated client caseload and the achievement of performance standards.

Specific direction and approval are needed by the board for key workforce investment areas as follows:

1. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Funding consisting of the Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker funding streams with three primary allocation categories:

a. Local Workforce Development Board Allocations

b. State-Level Set-Aside or Governor’s Reserve

c. State Rapid Response Funds

2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families including:

a. State-Level Allocations and Initiatives

b. Local Workforce Development Board Allocations and Initiatives

3. Jointly Managed Programs including:

a. Wagner-Peyser 7(a)

b. Wagner-Peyser 7(b)

Each year, Florida is notified of several federal awards and state appropriations to be received during the upcoming fiscal year. In most cases, the manner for distributing these funds among the state and 24 local workforce development boards is defined in the authorizing federal act or in the state appropriations bill; however, the specific state and local calculations are not known until updated allocation factors are applied to the funding awards.

Each year, the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors meets to discuss and make decisions about the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and to make decisions about the distribution of federal awards and state appropriations. In May 2019, an action item was presented to the Board of Directors defining specific allocations in accordance with the authorizing grants and providing recommendations for the allocation of state-level funds for various state initiatives that advance the statewide strategic goals for workforce development and the use of specific reserves, commitments and local workforce development board allocations.

On May 22, 2019, the Action Item for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 CareerSource Florida Network Funding was approved by the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. This Action Item covers the three major funding streams for the workforce system: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Wagner-Peyser Act (WP). It serves as the financial blueprint for operationalizing the unified brand values, vision, mission, promise and pillars of the CareerSource Florida network.

Complete information about Fiscal Year 2019-2020 CareerSource Florida Network Funding and allocations can be obtained online.