1.What, if any, restrictions exist as to organizations/agencies/systems (public,private,non-profit) who may apply?
Any type of entity/organization can reply to the RFP.
2.What role does the local JFS/Ohio Means Jobs office have in this process?
The RFP is issued by the Workforce Investment Board for Workforce Area 16 on behalf of the Council of Government (COG) for Workforce Area 16. The COG consists of a county commissioner from each county in Workforce Area 16. The OhioMeansJobs Centers serve as the one-stop operators in the counties. OhioMeansJobs Centers as "job center entities" themselves are not providers of youth services in respect to WIA ... and WIOA under this RFP. Local JFS offices are the county designated Workforce Agency and serve as fiscal agents for each county in Area 16 and may provide program design activities under WIOA.
3.The funding may be directed to personnel and administrative costs....as
detailed in the budget...exceptions? Staff development /training?
Staff Training is a allowable expenditure for WIOA Funds.
4.Do you expect the proposal to be supported by community need data/information?
Proposing entities need to do their research if you are identifying community need in your reply than the statements need to be supported.
5.What is meant by academic component of paid and unpaid work experience?
The Department of Labor has issued very, little guidance on this issue. Consequently, local Areas have received very, little guidance from Ohio. Our local Area views this requirement as the proposer/provider must provide services that demonstrates the connection between work experience and academics/education. The work experience activity simply can't just provide "work". The proposer/provider must incorporate an educational/academic component that compliments the work experience and demonstrates the importance of academics/education in the workplace and development of workplace skills. For example, the proposer/provider could develop an academic/educational project for the participant to complete while engaged in the work experience that links the two components together...acquiring work experience/workplace skills and academics. The work experience activity should be directed towards the participant's career goal per State guidance.
6. Will Summer Employment Opportunities be in addition to or will this replace current Summer Youth Program?
Summer Employment Opportunities is no longer a stand alone youth element as it was under WIA. Under WIOA, it is part of work experience.
7. Is Adult Mentoring for a period of twelve months meant to replace follow up?
Adult mentoring is an element under WIA and continues to be a separate element under WIOA. Adult mentoring and follow-up are different activities. Follow-up is not being procured in Belmont County as it is part of the program design as indicated in the RFP. Adult mentoring is being procured and it must be provided to the participant for the period of participation and a subsequent period for a total of not less than 12 months.
8.Is there a way to find out how much money we can budget for?
The budget amount is stated in the RFP in Section 1, page 1-23. For Belmont County the estimate is $50,000 - $75,000.
9.Are administrative costs allowable within the contracts, and provision of services with respect to adult, youth and dislocated programs?
All cost to the contract will be program. Administrative duties in support of the program are allowable.