- Program-Specific Requirements for Wagner-Peyser Program (Employment Services)
All Program-Specific Requirements provided for the WIOA core programs in this section must be addressed for either a Unified or Combined State Plan.
- e. Agricultural Outreach Plan (AOP). Each State agency must develop an AOP every four years as part of the Unified or Combined State Plan required under sections 102 or 103 of WIOA. The AOP must include an assessment of need. An assessment need describes the unique needs of farmworkers in the area based on past and projected agricultural and farmworker activity in the State. Such needs may include but are not limited to: employment, training, and housing.
e. 6. D. Assessment of Progress
The plan must include an explanation of what was achieved based on the previous AOP, what was not achieved and an explanation as to why the State believes the goals were not achieved, and how the State intends to remedy the gaps of achievement in the coming year.
Year after year, the state continually exceeds its overall planned outreach objectives for the season, achieving its outreach-contact goal of contacting 10% of MSFWs throughout the state, For PY20, state outreach workers contacted 6,633 MSFWs across Idaho, providing them information about the multiple services cited earlier. The state will strive to reach its goals of exceeding its planned outcomes for the year.
As noted earlier, the number of actual MSFW applications for the state has decreased significantly, which coincides with the period during which the department has implemented its automated IdahoWorks system as a member of the AJLA consortium. This, in combination with the changes in WIOA’s reporting requirements, have likely led to the reduction in overall MSFW applications. However, recent changes to how the Idaho Works system poses questions to users to allow them to identify themselves more easily as MSFWs, should lead to an increase in the state’s MSFW applications. The state will review MSFW registration numbers periodically throughout the year to ensure MSFW applicants are being coded correctly so they can be served and included in reporting.