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a. 1. B. Describe the process used for designating local areas, including procedures for determining whether the local area met the criteria for “performed successfully” and “sustained fiscal integrity” in accordance with 106(b)(2) and (3) of WIOA. Describe the process used for identifying regions and planning regions under section 106(a) of WIOA. This must include a description of how the State consulted with the local boards and chief elected officials in identifying the regions

Current Narrative:

Process Used for Designating Local Areas

Local Areas
CareerSource Florida, in coordination with the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), reviewed the performance and financial integrity of each of the state’s 24 designated workforce local areas and existing LWDBs. A recommendation was presented to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors to designate all 24 workforce local areas previously designated under the Workforce Investment Act and to continue the charter of existing local workforce development boards for the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017.

In a public meeting, the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors reviewed the action to provide the initial designation to the existing workforce local areas and to continue the charter to the existing LWDBs contingent upon receipt of an official completed request from each local Area that demonstrated local elected official consultation. Consistent with language established under WIOA which states local workforce development areas that receive an initial designation shall be granted a subsequent designation if they meet the requirements outlined in WIOA Sec. 106(c)(1), CareerSource Florida and DEO issued a policy that describes the requirements and process by which subsequent area designation would be determined and granted.

WIOA requires that the Governor approve a request for initial designation as a local workforce development area from any area that was designated as a local workforce development area for purposes of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 for the two-year period preceding the enactment of WIOA, provided the area performed successfully and sustained fiscal integrity.

CareerSource Florida Administrative Policy 094 – Local Workforce Area Designation outlines the process for new and subsequent area designation, including the defined performance and fiscal criteria for local workforce development boards (LWDBs) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

For the purpose of determining subsequent local workforce development area designation,
the term ‘‘performed successfully” means the local workforce development area met or
exceeded the adjusted levels of performance for primary indicators of performance for the
last two consecutive years for which data are available, and that the local area has not failed
the same measure for the last two consecutive program years.

Sustained Fiscal Integrity for all program years means the Secretary of the United States
Department of Labor has not made a formal determination that either the grant recipient or
the administrative entity of the area misexpended funds due to willful disregard of the
requirements of the provision involved, gross negligence or failure to comply with accepted
standards of administration for the two-year period preceding the determination

Planning Regions
Florida designated a planning region to each local area. This designation was agreed upon based on consultation with the Florida WIOA Task Force, state stakeholder groups and the LWDBs. Florida identified six factors for the development of regions including:

  1. Single Labor Market
  2. Common Economic Development Area
  1. Federal and Non-Federal Resources to Carry Out WIOA Activities
  1. Population Centers
  1. Commuting Patterns
  1. Industrial Composition and Sector Alignment

Using these six factors, various regional alignments may be considered and proposed by workforce system stakeholders including state policymakers, state and local CareerSource Florida board members, state and local workforce staff, partner program staff, business and industry partners and workforce and education associations. For the state to consider and designate local areas, a formal proposal must be presented to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors including a rationale for the local area designation using the six factors and a description of why the regional alignment proposed is in the best interests of the state, business and industry and workers and job seekers. Each local workforce development board plan incorporates its respective strategies to continue evaluating potential regional planning areas.