Glossary

All A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W Acronyms

  • 1A
    Adult Program
  • 1D
    Dislocated Worker Program
  • 1DC
    Dislocated Worker Co-Enrolled
  • 1E
    Dislocated Worker Emergency Assistance
  • AAE
    Adult Average Earnings
  • ABE

    Adult Basic Education is education for adults whose inability to read, write or speak English or to effectively use mathematics is a barrier to their ability to get or keep employment. ABE is designed to improve their ability to benefit from training and improve their opportunities for employment and to meet adult responsibilities.

  • Academic Remediation
    (See Remedial Training)
  • Access
    With regard to a specific set of services provided by required program partners under WIOA that must be made available in comprehensive one-stop centers, means (1) program staff physically present at the location; (2) staff physically present at the one-stop from any partner program appropriately trained to provide information to customers about the programs, services, and activities available through partner programs, such as the types of services that program provides and whether the services might meet the individual’s needs; or (3) providing direct linkage through technology (i.e., through phone or real-time Web-based communication) to someone who can either provide the program services, or provide information such as how to apply for the program, or how to begin receiving services.
  • Accreditation
    Notation by a recognized authority regarding the quality of training offered by educational institutions and programs. Institutional accreditation normally applies to an entire institution, indicating that each of its parts is contributing to the achievement of an institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all on the same level of quality. Accrediting agencies and associations are nationally recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. For Illinois, the regional accrediting association is the North Central Association. Specialized accreditation normally applies to evaluation of programs, departments, or schools that usually are part of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institutions.
  • Accrued Expenditures
    The charges incurred by the grantee during a given period requiring the provision of funds for: a) goods and other tangible property received; b) services performed by employees, contractors, subgrantees, subcontractors, and other payees; and c) other amounts becoming owed (by the grantee) under programs for which no current services or performance is required, such as annuities, insurance claims, and other benefit payments [29 CFR 97.3].
  • ACME
    Automation of Compliance Monitoring Events
  • Acquisition Cost

    Acquisition cost means the cost of the asset including the cost to ready the asset for its intended use. Acquisition cost for equipment, for example, means the net invoice price of the equipment, including the cost of any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. Acquisition costs for software includes those development costs capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in transit insurance, freight, and installation may be included in or excluded from the acquisition cost in accordance with the non-Federal entity's regular accounting practices.

  • ADA

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. As it relates to employment, Title I of the ADA protects the rights of both employees and job seekers. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services. Title IV, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements.

  • ADC

    Attainment of a Degree or Certificate (for Youth)

  • Administrative Costs
    Means expenditures incurred by State boards and local boards, direct recipients (including State grant recipients under subtitle B of title I and recipients of awards under subtitles C and D of title I), local grant recipients, local fiscal agents or local grant subrecipients, and one-stop operators in the performance of administrative functions and in carrying out activities under title I that are not related to the direct provision of workforce investment services (including services to participants and employers). Such costs include both personnel and non-personnel costs and both direct and indirect costs.
  • ADR

    Alternative Dispute Resolution consists of a variety of approaches and techniques for dispute resolution that include coaching, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration.  Each ADR technique provides an opportunity to discuss and consider possible solutions with the assistance of a neutral third party.

  • Adult

    An individual who is age 18 or older. (Except as outlined in section 132 of the Act.)

  • Adult Basic Education

    Adult Basic Education is education for adults whose inability to read, write or speak English or to effectively use mathematics is a barrier to their ability to get or keep employment. ABE is designed to improve their ability to benefit from training and improve their opportunities for employment and to meet adult responsibilities.

  • Adult Education
    Means academic instruction and education services below the postsecondary level that increase an individual’s ability to—
    (A) read, write, and speak in English and perform mathematics or other activities necessary for the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
    (B) transition to postsecondary education and training; and
    (C) obtain employment.
  • Adult Education and Literacy Activities
    Means programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.
  • Adult Secondary Education Skills
    Education for adults consisting of courses in mathematics, reading, history, science, government, language arts, and other courses and classes that lead to a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Development (GED) Certificate.
  • AEER
    Adult Entered Employment Rate
  • AEFLA
    Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
  • AERR
    Adult Employment Retention Rate
  • Affiliated Site
    Means a location that makes available one or more of the required or optional programs, services, and activities to individuals.
  • AJC

    The WIOA final regulations promote increased public identification of the one-stop delivery system (Illinois workNet® system in Illinois) through the use of a common identifier across the nation. “American Job Center” is designated as the common identifier for the one-stop delivery system. This was a process started under WIA, and many one-stop centers are already incorporating use of either the ‘‘American Job Center’’ title or the associated tag line ‘‘proud partner of the American Job Center network’’ into their branding.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

    Alternative Dispute Resolution consists of a variety of approaches and techniques for dispute resolution that include coaching, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration.  Each ADR technique provides an opportunity to discuss and consider possible solutions with the assistance of a neutral third party.

  • American Job Center

    The WIOA final regulations promote increased public identification of the one-stop delivery system (Illinois workNet® system in Illinois) through the use of a common identifier across the nation. “American Job Center” is designated as the common identifier for the one-stop delivery system. This was a process started under WIA, and many one-stop centers are already incorporating use of either the ‘‘American Job Center’’ title or the associated tag line ‘‘proud partner of the American Job Center network’’ into their branding.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. As it relates to employment, Title I of the ADA protects the rights of both employees and job seekers. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services. Title IV, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements.

  • Appeal
    A request for a hearing to reconsider a state agency’s decision about an individual’s unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Apprenticeship Training
    A program combining on-the-job training with related instruction that enables workers to master the practical and technical skills required for a skilled occupation.
  • ARRA
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • ASN
    Alternative Schools Network
  • ATAA
    Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance for Older Workers
  • ATIM
    Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing
  • Attainment of a Degree or Certificate

    Attainment of a Degree or Certificate (for Youth)

  • Barriers to Employment
    Conditions that may make employment difficult for certain individuals. Individuals with such barriers may include: displaced homemakers, low-income individuals, Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, as such terms are defined in section 166, individuals with disabilities, including youth who are individuals with disabilities, older individuals, ex-offenders, homeless individuals, youth who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers, eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals within 2 years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, single parents (including single pregnant women), long-term unemployed individuals, and such other groups as the Governor involved determines to have barriers to employment.
  • Basic Literacy Skills
    Reading, writing, mathematics, problem solving and interpersonal skills training that enable adults to communicate in English, use math, obtain a high school diploma or GED and become productive, employable citizens.
  • Basic Skills Deficient

    The term ‘‘basic skills deficient’’ means, with respect to an individual— (A) who is a youth, that the individual has English reading, writing, or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test; or (B) who is a youth or adult, that the individual is unable to compute or solve problems, or read, write, or speak English, at a level necessary to function on the job, in the individual’s family, or in society.

  • Basic Skills Training
    Basic skills training may include literacy, reading, communication, and computational skills, life skills, library and study skills, and family education skills.
  • BPE
    Benefit Period End date
  • BRAC
    Base Realignment and Closure
  • Bridge Programs
    Bridge programs prepare adults with limited academic or limited English skills to enter and succeed in credit-bearing postsecondary education and training leading to career path employment in high-demand, middle- and high-skilled occupations. The goal of bridge programs is to sequentially bridge the gap between the initial skills of individuals and what they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and career-path employment.
  • BRO
    Benefits, Rights and Obligations
  • BSD

    The term ‘‘basic skills deficient’’ means, with respect to an individual— (A) who is a youth, that the individual has English reading, writing, or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test; or (B) who is a youth or adult, that the individual is unable to compute or solve problems, or read, write, or speak English, at a level necessary to function on the job, in the individual’s family, or in society.

  • Calendar Quarter
    One fourth of the calendar year. The quarters are: January 1 - March 31, April 1 - June 30, July 1 - September 30, and October 1 - December 31.
  • Calendar Year (CY) Projects
    Those projects that begin on a calendar year basis beginning January 1, 2005.
  • Capacity Building
    Activities designed to enhance program delivery and resource networking for improved effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Career and Technical Education

    Career and Technical Education has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education.

  • Career Pathway
    The term ‘‘career pathway’’ means a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that—
    (A) aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the State or regional economy involved;
    (B) prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including apprenticeships registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the ‘‘National Apprenticeship Act’’; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.) (referred to individually in this Act as an ‘‘apprenticeship’’, except in section 171);
    (C) includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
    (D) includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
    (E) organizes education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual in a manner that accelerates the educational and career advancement of the individual to the extent practicable;
    (F) enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least 1 recognized postsecondary credential; and
    (G) helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
  • Career Planning
    The term ‘‘career planning’’ means the provision of a client-centered approach in the delivery of services, designed—
    (A) to prepare and coordinate comprehensive employment plans, such as service strategies, for participants to ensure access to necessary workforce investment activities and supportive services, using, where feasible, computer- based technologies; and
    (B) to provide job, education, and career counseling, as appropriate during program participation and after job placement.
  • Career Services
    Services available to individuals who are adults or dislocated workers through the one-stop delivery system and shall, at a minimum include –
    (i) determination of whether the individuals are eligible to receive assistance under WIOA, Title IB;
    (ii) outreach, intake (which may include worker profiling), and orientation to the information and other services available through the one-stop delivery system;
    (iii) initial assessment of skill levels (including literacy, numeracy, and English language proficiency), aptitudes, abilities (including skills gaps), and supportive service needs;
    (iv) labor exchange services, including— (I) job search and placement assistance and, in appropriate cases, career counseling, including— (aa) provision of information on in-demand industry sectors and occupations; and (bb) provision of information on nontraditional employment; and (II) appropriate recruitment and other business services on behalf of employers, including small employers, in the local area, which services may include services described in this subsection, such as providing information and referral to specialized business services not traditionally offered through the one-stop delivery system;
    (v) provision of referrals to and coordination of activities with other programs and services, including programs and services within the one-stop delivery system and, in appropriate cases, other workforce development programs;
    (vi) provision of workforce and labor market employment statistics information, including the provision of accurate information relating to local, regional, and national labor market areas, including— (I) job vacancy listings in such labor market areas; (II) information on job skills necessary to obtain the jobs described in subclause (I); and (III) information relating to local occupations in demand and the earnings, skill requirements, and opportunities for advancement for such occupations; and
    (vii) provision of performance information and program cost information on eligible providers of training services as described in section 122, provided by program, and eligible providers of youth workforce investment activities described in section 123, providers of adult education described in title II, providers of career and technical education activities at the postsecondary level, and career and technical education activities available to school dropouts, under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.), and providers of vocational rehabilitation services described in title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 720 et seq.);
    (viii) provision of information, in formats that are usable by and understandable to one-stop center customers, regarding how the local area is performing on the local performance accountability measures described in section 116(c) and any additional performance information with respect to the one-stop delivery system in the local area;
    (ix) (I) provision of information, in formats that are usable by and understandable to one-stop center customers, relating to the availability of supportive services or assistance, including child care, child support, medical or child health assistance under title XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq. and 1397aa et seq.), benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under a State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and other supportive services and transportation provided through funds made available under such part, available in the local area; and (II) referral to the services or assistance described in subclause (I), as appropriate;
    (x) provision of information and assistance regarding filing claims for unemployment compensation;
    (xi) assistance in establishing eligibility for programs of financial aid assistance for training and education programs that are not funded under this Act;
    (xii) services, if determined to be appropriate in order for an individual to obtain or retain employment, that consist of –
    (xiii) (I) comprehensive and specialized assessments of the skill levels and service needs of adults and dislocated workers, which may include— (aa) diagnostic testing and use of other assessment tools; and (bb) in-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate employment goals; (II) development of an individual employment plan, to identify the employment goals, appropriate achievement objectives, and appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals, including providing information on eligible providers of training services pursuant to paragraph (3)(F)(ii), and career pathways to attain career objectives; (III) group counseling; (IV) individual counseling; (V) career planning; (VI) short-term prevocational services, including development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional conduct, to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training; (VII) internships and work experiences that are linked to careers; (VIII) workforce preparation activities; (IX) financial literacy services, such as the activities described in section 129(b)(2)(D); (X) out-of-area job search assistance and relocation assistance; or (XI) English language acquisition and integrated education and training programs; and
    (xiv) follow-up services, including counseling regarding the workplace, for participants in workforce investment activities authorized under this subtitle who are placed in unsubsidized employment, for not less than 12 months after the first day of the employment, as appropriate.
  • Carry-Over
    Participants funded by 1S in the previous program year who are currently enrolled in training or who completed training in the last quarter of the previous program year.
  • Case Notes
    Case notes refer to either paper or online statements by the career planner that identify a participant’s status for a specific data element, the date on which the information was obtained, and the career planner who obtained the information.
  • CBLN
    Chicagoland Business Leadership Network
  • CBO

    A Community-Based Organization is a private nonprofit organization (which may include a faith-based organization), that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce investment.

  • CCC
    Chicago Chamber of Commerce
  • CCWP
    Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • CEO

    The chief elected official is:

    a) The chief elected executive officer of a unit of general local government in a local area; and b) in a case in which a local area includes more than one unit of general local government, the individuals designated under the agreement described in section 107(c)(1)(B).

  • Certificate
    An award that requires completion of an organized program of study at the post secondary level. Certificates are classified by the amount of time required to complete the program of study.
  • CFDA
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • Chief Elected Official

    The chief elected official is:

    a) The chief elected executive officer of a unit of general local government in a local area; and b) in a case in which a local area includes more than one unit of general local government, the individuals designated under the agreement described in section 107(c)(1)(B).

  • CIP

    The purpose of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is to provide a taxonomic scheme that will support the accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. Visit the CIP website to learn more http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/ cip2000/

  • Civil Rights Center

    The Civil Rights Center (CRC) develops, administers, and enforces Departmental policies, practices, and procedures pursuant to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act; and related statutes and Executive Orders.

  • Classification of Instructional Programs

    The purpose of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is to provide a taxonomic scheme that will support the accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. Visit the CIP website to learn more http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/ cip2000/

  • Class-Size Training Contracts

    Class-size training contracts are groups of WIOA registrants receiving occupational skills training in a demand occupation. Training services include the full range of occupational skills training, adult education and literacy services, and customized training as described in WIOA Section 134 (c)(3)(D). (The training may be comprised solely of WIOA registrants or may be combined with customers of other programs such as TANF, Trade, etc.)

  • CMA
    Certified Manufacturing Assistant
  • Co-enrollment
    Enrollment in more than one workforce program at a time to allow for coordination of funds for training and services.
  • Community-Based Organization

    A Community-Based Organization is a private nonprofit organization (which may include a faith-based organization), that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce investment.

  • Completion
    (See Program Completion)
  • Computing Devices

    Means machines used to acquire, store, analyze, process, and publish data and other information electronically, including accessories (or “peripherals”) for printing, transmitting and receiving, or storing electronic information.  (See Equipment, Information Technology Systems, and Supplies)

  • Consumer Reporting
    In order to empower customer choice and provide opportunities for providers certified under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to effectively provide program performance and cost information to the public, the Act requires that the state develop a method to make this consumer reporting information available. This performance and cost information that training providers submit with their applications is also used to make up the consumer reporting system upon certification. Illinois' consumer reporting information can be found and is intended to provide understandable, accurate, and unbiased information about the performance of various WIA-certified training providers that facilitates customer's decision-making process in the selection of a training provider.
  • Core Program
    Means a program authorized under a core program provision.
  • Core Program Provision
    Means—
    (A) chapters 2 and 3 of subtitle B of title I (relating to youth workforce investment activities and adult and dislocated worker employment and training activities);
    (B) title II (relating to adult education and literacy activities);
    (C) sections 1 through 13 of the Wagner-Peyser Act (29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.) (relating to employment services); and
    (D) title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 720 et seq.), other than section 112 or part C of that title (29 U.S.C. 732, 741) (relating to vocational rehabilitation services)
  • Course
    A series of instructional sessions or activities that is a required component of a program of study.
  • CPLN
    Chicagoland Provider Leadership Network
  • CRC

    The Civil Rights Center (CRC) develops, administers, and enforces Departmental policies, practices, and procedures pursuant to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act; and related statutes and Executive Orders.

  • CTE

    Career and Technical Education has the meaning given the term in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education.

  • Customer
    Any person seeking assistance to find employment or training, whether employed or unemployed, and employers who need qualified workers for their company or training for the workers who are already employed with them.
  • Customized Training
    Training a) that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer (including a group of employers); b) that is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual on successful completion of the training; and c) for which the employer pays for
    (i) a significant portion of the cost of training, as determined by the local board involved, taking into account the size of the employer and such other factors as the local board determines to be appropriate, which may include the number of employees participating in training, wage and benefit levels of those employees (at present and anticipated upon completion of the training), relation of the training to the competitiveness of a participant, and other employer-provided training and advancement opportunities; and
    (ii) in the case of customized training (as defined in subparagraphs (A) and (B)) involving an employer located in multiple local areas in the State, a significant portion of the cost of the training, as determined by the Governor of the State, taking into account the size of the employer and such other factors as the Governor determines to be appropriate.
  • CY
    Calendar Year
  • CYS
    Children and Youth Services
  • DAE
    Dislocated Worker Average Earnings
  • Data Element Validation
    Data Element Validation assesses the accuracy of participant data records. It is performed by reviewing samples of participant records against source documentation to ensure compliance with Federal definitions.
  • Data Validation Rules-Match
    If the validation rule requires a match, the data on the worksheet must be the same as the data in the source documentation.
  • Data Validation Rules-Support
    If the rule requires support, the source documentation must provide evidence that the data on the worksheet are correct; this rule is used when information must be interpreted or processed before it can be used to assess the accuracy of the data in the exiter records.
  • DCFS
    Department of Children and Family Services
  • Deficient in Basic Literacy Skills
    (See Basic Skills Deficient)
  • DEI

    The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) aims to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) jointly funds and administers the DEI with DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

  • Deliverables
    The expected product or results of the technical assistance activities.
  • Demand Occupation
    Occupations for which a demand is projected based on annual average job openings, average starting wages, education and training levels, and state or national initiatives. Local workforce innovation areas will be able to petition the state to request that additional occupations be considered as a Demand Occupation. Only those occupations considered "in demand" will be included in the Demand Occupation Training List.
  • Demand Occupation Training List

    The Demand Occupation Training List is the available list of demand occupations for which training programs may be certified or recertified for participant placement. Participants may only be placed in training programs in which the outcome following successful completion of the training program would lead to entry into employment in an occupation considered "in demand". See the policy on Training Provider and Training Program Eligibility for the exceptions to participant placement in training that is not required to be determined an eligible training program.

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise
    Means an individual who has documented leadership in developing or implementing workforce development, human resources, training and development, or a core program function.
  • Department of Labor
    (See United States Department of Labor)
  • DETS
    Dislocation Event Tracking System
  • DHFS
    Department of Healthcare and Family Service
  • DHS
    Department of Human Services
  • DHS-DRS
    Department of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • DHS-HCD
    Department of Human Services - Division of Human Capital Development
  • Direct Linkage
    Means providing direct connection at the one-stop, within a reasonable time, by phone or through a real-time Web-based communication to a program staff member who can provide program information or services to the customer.
  • Disability Employment Initiative

    The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) aims to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) jointly funds and administers the DEI with DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

  • Disabled Veteran
    (See Veteran with a Disability)
  • Disadvantaged Adults
    Educationally or skills disadvantaged adults are those persons who score below 8th grade level on standardized tests. They require educational assistance to bring their basic skills to a level that would make them eligible for secondary (high school) education or to hold a job with basic English and math skills. WIOA Sec. 131(a)(v)(IV) terms a disadvantage adult as an adult who received an income, or is a member of a family that received total family income, that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of (aa) the poverty line; or (bb) 70 percent of the lower living standard income level.
  • Disbursement
    The transfer of cash from the Federal government to the grantee through the Payment Management System (PMS) maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This then constitutes a cash receipt to the grantee. At the grantee level, disbursement means the transfer of cash from the grantee to a subgrantee or other payee, either by check, voucher or electronic transfer issued to the entity often through an electronic payment system.
  • Dislocated Worker
    An individual who: B)i) has been terminated or laid off, or who has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment; ii)I) is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation; or (II) has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate, to the appropriate entity at a one-stop center referred to in section 121(e), attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that were not covered under a State unemployment compensation law; and 3) is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation; B)(i) has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility, or enterprise; ii) is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within 180 days; or ii) for purposes of eligibility to receive services other than training services described in section 134(c)(3) career services described in section 124(c)(2)(A(xii), or supportive services, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close; C) was self-employed (including employment as a farmer, a rancher, or a fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disasters; or D) is a displaced homemaker, or (D)(i) is a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty (as defined in section 101(d)(1) of title 10, United States Code), and who has experienced a loss of employment as a direct result of relocation to accommodate a permanent change in duty station of such member; or (ii) is the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and who meets the criteria described in paragraph (16)(B).
  • Displaced Homemaker
    An individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who--A)(i) has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income or (ii) is the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty (as defined in section 101(d)(1) of title 10, United States Code) and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment (as defined in section 991(b) of title 10, United States Code, or pursuant to paragraph (4) of such section), a call or order to active duty pursuant to a provision of law referred to in section 101(a)(13)(B) of title 10, United States Code, a permanent change of station, or the service-connected (as defined in section 101(16) of title 38, United States Code) death or disability of the member;; and b) is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
  • DOE
    Department of Education
  • DOL
    (See United States Department of Labor)
  • DOTL

    The Demand Occupation Training List is the available list of demand occupations for which training programs may be certified or recertified for participant placement. Participants may only be placed in training programs in which the outcome following successful completion of the training program would lead to entry into employment in an occupation considered "in demand". See the policy on Training Provider and Training Program Eligibility for the exceptions to participant placement in training that is not required to be determined an eligible training program.

  • DRC
    Disability Resource Coordinator
  • DRR
    Dislocated Worker Employment Retention Rate
  • DRS
    Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Economic Development Agency
    Includes a local planning and zoning commission or board, a community development agency, or another local agency and institution responsible for regulating, promoting, or assisting in local economic development.
  • Economic Development Region

    An Economic Development Region is a designated region consisting of a combination of local areas (or a single local area) that are partially or completely in a single planning region, labor market area, or other appropriate contiguous sub-area of a State, that is designated by the State under WIOA section 106(a), or a similar interstate region that is designated by two or more States under WIOA section 106(b). The State of Illinois has designated 10 Economic Development Regions (EDR).

  • Economically Disadvantaged
    An individual who is either a member of a family whose income is below the poverty level, or who is receiving cash benefits from a federal, state or local welfare program, or is receiving food stamps, or who is a homeless person, or who is a foster child, or is an individual with disabilities.
  • EDR

    An Economic Development Region is a designated region consisting of a combination of local areas (or a single local area) that are partially or completely in a single planning region, labor market area, or other appropriate contiguous sub-area of a State, that is designated by the State under WIOA section 106(a), or a similar interstate region that is designated by two or more States under WIOA section 106(b). The State of Illinois has designated 10 Economic Development Regions (EDR).

  • EEO

    Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The Department of Labor has two agencies which deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement, the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

  • EEOC

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an independent federal agency that promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. Applicants and employees of most private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations may be assisted by the EEOC.

  • EER

    The Entered Employment Rate method is used to determine the percentage of participants who become employed. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of total participants who were enrolled in the program by the number of participants who were placed or entered employment through the program.

  • Eligible Provider
    Used with respect to: a) training services, means a provider who is identified in accordance with section 122(a)(2); b) intensive services, means a provider who is identified or awarded a contract as described in section 134(c)(3)(G); c) youth activities, means a provider who is awarded a grant or contract in accordance with section 123; or d) other workforce investment activities, means a public or private entity selected to be responsible for such activities, such as a one-stop operator designated or certified under section 121(d).
  • Eligible Training Provider

    An Eligible Training Provider is an organization, such as a public or private college and university, or community-based organization whose application has been approved by the local workforce board and approved for the state list of training services through the use of an Individual Training Account.

  • Eligible Training Provider List

    The Eligible Training Provider List is a statewide collection of providers that are approved to give services through the One-Stop system. These lists contain consumer information, including cost and performance information for each of the providers, so that participants can make informed choices on where to use their Individual Training Accounts.

  • Eligible Youth
    Except as provided in subtitles C and D of title I, the term “eligible youth” means an in-school youth or out-of-school youth.
  • Employed Worker
    An individual who is employed and is determined to be in need of intensive service to obtain or retain employment.
  • Employment and Training Activity
    Means an activity described in section 134 that is carried out for an adult or dislocated worker.
  • Employment and Training Administration

    The Employment and Training Administration is the part of the U.S. Department of Labor with direct responsibility for WIOA programs.

  • English Language Acquisition Program
    Means a program of instruction—
    (A) designed to help eligible individuals who are English language learners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language; and
    (B) that leads to— (i)(I) attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and (II) transition to postsecondary education and training; or (ii) employment.
  • English Language Learner
    The term ‘‘English language learner’’ when used with respect to an eligible individual, means an eligible individual who has limited ability in reading, writing, speaking, or comprehending the English language, and— (A) whose native language is a language other than English; or (B) who lives in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language
  • Enrolled In Training
    Training for the customer has been approved and scheduled to start within 30 days.
  • Enrolled In Training, Failed To Start
    Customer enrolled in training but failed to attend classes within the first week of the program without justifiable cause.
  • Enrollment
    Means, for youth, the collection of information to support an eligibility determination and participation in any one of the 14 program elements.
  • Entered Employment Rate

    The Entered Employment Rate method is used to determine the percentage of participants who become employed. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of total participants who were enrolled in the program by the number of participants who were placed or entered employment through the program.

  • EO
    Equal Opportunity
  • EOMC

    The Office of Equal Opportunity Monitoring and Compliance is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) office that oversees the implementation of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (EO) provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • Equal Employment Opportunity

    Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The Department of Labor has two agencies which deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement, the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an independent federal agency that promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. Applicants and employees of most private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations may be assisted by the EEOC.

  • Equipment

    Means tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the subrecipient for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.  Equipment is unallowable as an indirect cost except through depreciation.  (See Computing Devices, Information Technology Systems, and Supplies)

  • ESL
    English as a Second Language
  • ETA

    The Employment and Training Administration is the part of the U.S. Department of Labor with direct responsibility for WIOA programs.

  • ETP

    An Eligible Training Provider is an organization, such as a public or private college and university, or community-based organization whose application has been approved by the local workforce board and approved for the state list of training services through the use of an Individual Training Account.

  • ETPL

    The Eligible Training Provider List is a statewide collection of providers that are approved to give services through the One-Stop system. These lists contain consumer information, including cost and performance information for each of the providers, so that participants can make informed choices on where to use their Individual Training Accounts.

  • Exit/Exiter
    As defined for the purpose of performance calculations, exit is the point after which an individual who has received services through any program meets the following criteria:
    (1) For the adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) title I, the AEFLA program under WIOA title II, and the Employment Services authorized by the Wagner-Peyser Act as amended by WIOA title III, exit date is the last date of service:
    (i) The exit date cannot be determined until 90 days of no services has elapsed. At that point the exit date is applied retroactively to the last date of service. (A) Ninety days of no service does not include self-service or information-only activities or follow-up services and (B) There are no future services planned, excluding follow-up services.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (2)(i) For the VR program as amended by WIOA title IV: (A) The participant’s record of service is closed in accordance with §361.56 because the participant has achieved an employment outcome; or (B) The participant’s service record is closed because the individual has not achieved an employment outcome or the individual has been determined ineligible after receiving services in accordance with §361.43.
    (ii) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a participant will not be considered as meeting the definition of exit from the Vocational Rehabilitation program if the individual’s service record is closed because the individual has achieved a supported employment outcome in an integrated setting but not in competitive integrated employment.
  • Expenditure
    Charges made to the project or program in support of its authorized activities. These charges may be accounted for on either a cash or accrual basis.
  • Extraordinary Costs
    Costs associated with training of participants in NEG-OJT programs may include, but are not limited to: a) More intense supervision; b) Above average material waste; c) Abnormal wear on tools; d) Down time; and e) Lower rates of production.
  • Failure To Meet Qualifying Requirements For TRA/TAA
    Customer did not meet one of the qualifying requirements for eligibility.
  • Failure To Report For 28-Day Review
    Customer failed to appear for the required 28-day waiver review while on a waiver from training requirements.
  • Failure To Report For Initial Assessment
    Customer did not appear for initial assessment following the receipt of letter to appear.
  • Faith-Based Organization

    A Faith-Based Organization is one whose founding, governance, or membership is derived from a religious institution or religiously-affiliated entity.

  • Family
    The term “family” means two or more persons related by blood, marriage, or decree of court, who are living in a single residence, and are included in one or more of the following categories:
    (A) A married couple and dependent children.
    (B) A parent or guardian and dependent children.
    (C) A married couple.
  • FBO

    A Faith-Based Organization is one whose founding, governance, or membership is derived from a religious institution or religiously-affiliated entity.

  • FFY
    Federal Fiscal Year
  • Follow-up
    The tracking of what happens to participants when they leave the WIA program for a period of 180 days after first job placement. The reporting requirements include the following information: employment status (number of Entered Employments/Placements at 180 days after program has ended), average hourly wage (earnings change at 180 days after program has ended), and job retention (of those enrolled in training, provide number of those still employed in trained occupation at 180 days after program has ended.
  • Foster Child
    A minor on behalf of whom State or local government payments are made to a foster parent or other guardian.
  • Fraud, Misfeasance, Nonfeasance or Malfeasance
    Deliberate actions that are in violation of federal statutes or regulations. These actions include but are not limited to bribery, forgery, extortion, embezzlement, theft, kickbacks, and payments to ghost contractors/participants, misuse of grant funds or property, and misrepresentation of information included in official reports. Failure to perform tasks essential to preserving financial integrity may also be included.
  • FTE
    Full-Time Equivalent
  • FY
    Fiscal Year
  • GAO
    Government Accountability Office
  • GED

    A General Equivalency Diploma is a high school equivalency diploma, which is obtained by passing the General Educational Diploma Equivalency Test that, measures skills and knowledge generally associated with four years of traditional high school instruction.

  • General Equivalency Diploma

    A General Equivalency Diploma is a high school equivalency diploma, which is obtained by passing the General Educational Diploma Equivalency Test that, measures skills and knowledge generally associated with four years of traditional high school instruction.

  • Governor
    Means the chief executive of a State or an outlying area.
  • Grant Recipient (Incumbent Worker Training)

    A grant recipient (or grantee) for Incumbent Worker Training programs may include: a) For Formula grant projects funded with local twenty percent (20%) transfer authority-- Established grantee of WIOA formula funds. b) For Statewide discretionary grant projects funded with fifteen percent (15%) state discretionary funds--1) Training providers; 2) Employers whose incumbent workers are receiving the training; or 3) Other organizations qualified to receive Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity WIOA incumbent worker grants.

  • Grantee
    A recipient of grant funds for the Adult, Youth, Dislocated Worker, or other program. A grantee might also be a designee, or as determined by the Office of Employment and Training (OET). (Please refer to the specific WIOA or Trade policy (or notice) to determine the eligible list of grantees.)
  • Gross Mismanagement
    Includes claims for unsupported costs, unauditable records, grossly inaccurate fiscal or program records, payroll tax deductions not forwarded to IRS and severely inadequate internal controls.
  • HCTC

    Health Coverage Tax Credit

  • Health Coverage Tax Credit

    Health Coverage Tax Credit

  • High Demand Occupation
    Occupations that are high wage (at or above the negotiated average earnings goal), have a significant number of projected annual job openings (as projected by IDES), and have the potential for the highest growth (as projected by IDES). These occupations must be on the approved list provided by OET and available on Illinois workNet.
  • High-Poverty Area

    A Census tract, a set of contiguous Census tracts, an American Indian Reservation, Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Area (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau), Alaska Native Village Statistical Area or Alaska Native Regional Corporation Area, Native Hawaiian Homeland Area, or other tribal land as defined by the Secretary in guidance or county that has a poverty rate of at least 25 percent as set every 5 years using American Community Survey 5-Year data.

    Instructions for determing if an individual is in a high-poverty area can be found in Attachment 2 of TEGL 21-16 and at FactFinder.Census.Gov.

  • Homeless child or youth

    As defined in Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 114343(2).

  • Homeless Individual

    An individual who lacks a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence; and an adult or youth who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or privately operated shelter for temporary accommodation; an institution providing temporary shelter or a place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings. The term does not include a person imprisoned or detained pursuant to an Act of Congress or State law. (as defined in subsections (a) and (c) of section 103 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302).

  • IATP

    The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

  • IBHE
    Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • IBIS

    Illinois Benefit Information System

  • ICCB
    Illinois Community College Board
  • IDES
    Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • IDHHC

    The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois. IDHHC is governed by eleven (11) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor's office. At least six (6) of the Commissioners must be deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind. The Commissioners meet on a quarterly basis at the IDHHC office in Springfield, Illinois.

  • IEN
    Illinois Entrepreneurship Network
  • IEP

    An Individual Employment Plan is a plan developed by the participant and the career planner to identify the participant's employment goals, the appropriate achievement objectives, and the appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals, including providing information on eligible providers of training services and career pathways to attain career objectives.

  • IESBGA
    Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association
  • IJL
    Illinois Job Link
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Program

    The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

  • Illinois Benefit Information System

    Illinois Benefit Information System

  • Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

    The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois. IDHHC is governed by eleven (11) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor's office. At least six (6) of the Commissioners must be deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind. The Commissioners meet on a quarterly basis at the IDHHC office in Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois Workforce Development Board
    See Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB)
  • Illinois Workforce Development System
    The Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS) is the internet-based management information system used to collect information about the customers who have been and are being served by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) programs. This information is reported to the U.S. Department of Labor on a quarterly or annual basis depending on the program and is also used by OET and the Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) to manage the WIOA and TAA programs.
  • Illinois Workforce Innovation Board
    The Governor-appointed Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education and community-based organizations with the goal of evaluating and meeting the workforce needs of Illinois' employers and workers.

    Through a committee and task force structure, representatives from private/public partner programs present the IWIB with policy recommendations on strengthening Illinois' workforce system. All policies developed or commented upon through the IWIB structure include input from the public and partners.
  • Illinois workNet Center

    An Illinois workNet Center is a facility (as described in Section 121(e)(2)) where the six core programs (Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs; Title II adult education and literacy programs; Title III Wagner-Peyser program; and Title IV vocational rehabilitation program), as well as other required and optional partners identified in WIOA provide access to information and services, along with service providers, to job seekers and businesses.

  • Illinois workNet Visitor
    A participant who accesses the Illinois workNet at a resource room location (One-Stop Career Center or affiliate).
  • In Training, Ceased Participation
    Customer enrolled in training, but without justifiable cause, dropped out of all classes or enrollment status changed to less than full time as defined by the training institution.
  • In Training, No Verification of Attendance
    Customer is in training, but did not provide verification of satisfactory attendance.
  • Incumbent Worker

    An Incumbent Worker is an individual (or group of individuals) with an employment relationship with a participating employer or group of participating employers in a targeted industry (as cited in the local plan); and an individual who is receiving upgraded skills training:

    1. to increase his or her skills in an occupation in which the individual is already an incumbent; or
    2. to prepare the worker for entry into a new occupation within the targeted workforce (i.e., the workforce of the participating employer or group of employers).
  • Incumbent Worker Training

    Incumbent Worker Training is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs. Incumbent Worker training can be used to either:

    • Help avert potential layoffs of employees; or
    • Obtain the skills necessary to retain employment, such as increasing the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for new or less-skilled employees.

    Unlike other trainings, employers, instead of individuals, must meet the local eligibility criteria to receive funds for training their workforce. In most circumstances, incumbent workers being trained must have been employed with the company for at least six months. Employers who receive these funds are required to meet requirements for providing the non-federal share of the cost of the training.

  • In-Demand Industry Sector or Occupation
    Means—
    (A) In General.—The term ‘‘in-demand industry sector or occupation’’ means— (i) an industry sector that has a substantial current or potential impact (including through jobs that lead to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) on the State, regional, or local economy, as appropriate, and that contributes to the growth or stability of other supporting businesses, or the growth of other industry sectors; or (ii) an occupation that currently has or is projected to have a number of positions (including positions that lead to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) in an industry sector so as to have a significant impact on the State, regional, or local economy, as appropriate.
    (B) Determination.—The determination of whether an industry sector or occupation is in-demand under this paragraph shall be made by the State board or local board, as appropriate, using State and regional business and labor market projections, including the use of labor market information.
  • Individual Employment Plan

    An Individual Employment Plan is a plan developed by the participant and the career planner to identify the participant's employment goals, the appropriate achievement objectives, and the appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals, including providing information on eligible providers of training services and career pathways to attain career objectives.

  • Individual Service Strategy

    An Individual Service Strategy is an agreement of skills and goals decided between a WIOA Youth participant and WIOA Youth staff counselor (usually a career planner), that sets out a plan for the participant to make progress towards his/her educational and employment goals.

  • Individual Training Account

    An Individual Training Account is a financial subsidy to enable customers that qualify for training to access the program of their choice on the statewide list of eligible providers. An ITA is most often in the form of a voucher, which is a document that can be redeemed for training.

  • Individual With a Barrier to Employment
    The term ‘‘individual with a barrier to employment’’ means a customer with 1 or more barriers to employment.
  • Individual with a Disability
    An individual with any disability (as defined in section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)).
  • Industry or Sector Partnership
    The term ‘‘industry or sector partnership’’ means a workforce collaborative, convened by or acting in partnership with a State board or local board, that—(A) organizes key stakeholders in an industry cluster into a working group that focuses on the shared goals and human resources needs of the industry cluster and that includes, at the appropriate stage of development of the partnership— (i) representatives of multiple businesses or other employers in the industry cluster, including small and medium-sized employers when practicable; (ii) 1 or more representatives of a recognized State labor organization or central labor council, or another labor representative, as appropriate; and (iii) 1 or more representatives of an institution of higher education with, or another provider of, education or training programs that support the industry cluster; and (B) may include representatives of— (i) State or local government; (ii) State or local economic development agencies; (iii) State boards or local boards, as appropriate; (iv) a State workforce agency or other entity providing employment services; (v) other State or local agencies; (vi) business or trade associations; (vii) economic development organizations; (viii) nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, or intermediaries; (ix) philanthropic organizations; (x) industry associations; and (xi) other organizations, as determined to be necessary by the members comprising the industry or sector partnership.
  • Information Technology Systems

    Means computing devices, ancillary equipment, software, firmware, and similar procedures, services (including support services), and related resources.  (See Computing Devices, Equipment, and Supplies).  Computer software and licenses are considered to be information technology systems.

  • Informational Activities
    Includes both self-service and staff-assisted core services that are designed to inform and educate a participant about the labor market and to enable a participant to identify his or her individual employment strengths, weaknesses, and the range of services appropriate for the individual. The exception is core services that require significant staff involvement.
  • In-School Youth

    In-School Youth means an individual who is—

    (i) attending school (as defined by State law);

    (ii) not younger than age 14 or (unless an individual with a disability who is attending school under State law) older than age 21;

    (iii) a low-income individual; and

    (iv) one or more of the following: (I) Basic skills deficient. (II) An English language learner. (III) An offender. (IV) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (V) Pregnant or parenting. (VI) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VII) An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • Institution of Higher Education
    The term ‘‘institution of higher education’’ has the meaning given the term in section 101, and subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 102(a)(1), of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001, 1002(a)(1)).
  • Intake
    A process for screening individual applicants for eligibility for services; making a determination whether the program can benefit the applicants; providing information about the program, its services and the availability of those services; and selecting individual applicants for participation in the program.
  • Internships
    A work experience or internship is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for a limited period of time. Work experiences or internships may be paid or unpaid, as appropriate and consistent with other laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act. A work experience or internship may be arranged within the private for-profit sector, the non-profit sector, or the public sector.
    For youth, work experiences may also include:
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs;
    • Summer employment and other employment activities available throughout the school year;
    • Internships and job shadowing; and
    • On-the-job training (OJT)
  • ISS

    An Individual Service Strategy is an agreement of skills and goals decided between a WIOA Youth participant and WIOA Youth staff counselor (usually a career planner), that sets out a plan for the participant to make progress towards his/her educational and employment goals.

  • ISTEP
    Illinois Support Training and Employment Program
  • ISY

    In-School Youth means an individual who is—

    (i) attending school (as defined by State law);

    (ii) not younger than age 14 or (unless an individual with a disability who is attending school under State law) older than age 21;

    (iii) a low-income individual; and

    (iv) one or more of the following: (I) Basic skills deficient. (II) An English language learner. (III) An offender. (IV) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (V) Pregnant or parenting. (VI) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VII) An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • ITA

    An Individual Training Account is a financial subsidy to enable customers that qualify for training to access the program of their choice on the statewide list of eligible providers. An ITA is most often in the form of a voucher, which is a document that can be redeemed for training.

  • IW

    An Incumbent Worker is an individual (or group of individuals) with an employment relationship with a participating employer or group of participating employers in a targeted industry (as cited in the local plan); and an individual who is receiving upgraded skills training:

    1. to increase his or her skills in an occupation in which the individual is already an incumbent; or
    2. to prepare the worker for entry into a new occupation within the targeted workforce (i.e., the workforce of the participating employer or group of employers).
  • IWC

    An Illinois workNet Center is a facility (as described in Section 121(e)(2)) where the six core programs (Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs; Title II adult education and literacy programs; Title III Wagner-Peyser program; and Title IV vocational rehabilitation program), as well as other required and optional partners identified in WIOA provide access to information and services, along with service providers, to job seekers and businesses.

  • IWDB
    See Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB)
  • IWDS
    The Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS) is the internet-based management information system used to collect information about the customers who have been and are being served by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) programs. This information is reported to the U.S. Department of Labor on a quarterly or annual basis depending on the program and is also used by OET and the Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) to manage the WIOA and TAA programs.
  • IWIB
    The Governor-appointed Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education and community-based organizations with the goal of evaluating and meeting the workforce needs of Illinois' employers and workers.

    Through a committee and task force structure, representatives from private/public partner programs present the IWIB with policy recommendations on strengthening Illinois' workforce system. All policies developed or commented upon through the IWIB structure include input from the public and partners.
  • IWP
    Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • IWT

    Incumbent Worker Training is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs. Incumbent Worker training can be used to either:

    • Help avert potential layoffs of employees; or
    • Obtain the skills necessary to retain employment, such as increasing the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for new or less-skilled employees.

    Unlike other trainings, employers, instead of individuals, must meet the local eligibility criteria to receive funds for training their workforce. In most circumstances, incumbent workers being trained must have been employed with the company for at least six months. Employers who receive these funds are required to meet requirements for providing the non-federal share of the cost of the training.

  • IWTS
    Incumbent Worker Tracking System
  • Job Placement Services
    Services that specifically assist participants find jobs that may involve activities such as job search assistance, training, or job development.
  • Job Retention
    The ability to keep a job for a certain period of time, usually 90 or 180 days or more, which shows that a worker has the skills to fit into the workplace and succeed in a job.
  • Job Training and Economic Development

    The Job Training and Economic Development Grant program assists low-wage/low-skill workers to advance in their careers and helps unemployed or disadvantaged people learn skills necessary to secure employment.

  • Job Training Partnership Act
    Job Training Partnership Act (preceeded the Workforce Investment Act)
  • JTED

    The Job Training and Economic Development Grant program assists low-wage/low-skill workers to advance in their careers and helps unemployed or disadvantaged people learn skills necessary to secure employment.

  • JTPA
    Job Training Partnership Act (preceeded the Workforce Investment Act)
  • Labor Federation
    An alliance of two or more organized labor unions for the purpose of mutual support and action.
  • Labor Market Area

    A Labor Market Area is an economically integrated geographic area within which individuals can reside and find employment within a reasonable distance or can readily change employment without changing their place of residence. Such an area shall be identified in accordance with criteria used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor in defining such areas or similar criteria established by a Governor.

  • Labor Market Information

    Labor Market Information is labor related information about unemployment, industries, occupations, etc. LMI covers economic, social, demographic, and labor force data. It describes the characteristics of the supply of labor (the people who are workers or potential workers in the labor market) and provides information on the job opportunities in the labor market (current and projected needs of current and future employers). Sources of LMI often give historical, current, and forecast information to satisfy the different users needs. http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/default.aspx

  • Layoff Aversion
    ETA considers a layoff averted when a) A worker's job is saved with an existing employer that is at risk of downsizing or closing; or b) A worker at risk of dislocation transitions to a different job with the same employer or a new job with a different employer and experiences no or minimal unemployment.
  • LEP

    A Limited English Proficiency Individual is an adult or out-of-school youth who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language, and a) whose native language is a language other than English; or b) who lives in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language.

  • Life Skills
    Those skills which are included in adult literacy dealing with such topics as consumer economics, government and law, occupational knowledge, community resources, and health that are included into an educational agency's basic literacy skills course of study.
  • Limited English Proficiency Individual

    A Limited English Proficiency Individual is an adult or out-of-school youth who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language, and a) whose native language is a language other than English; or b) who lives in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language.

  • Literacy
    An individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, compute, and solve problems, at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual, and in society.
  • LLSIL

    Lower Living Standard Income Level means that income level (adjusted for regional, metropolitan, urban, and rural differences and family size) determined annually by the Secretary of Labor based on the most recent lower living family budget issued by the Secretary.

  • LMA

    A Labor Market Area is an economically integrated geographic area within which individuals can reside and find employment within a reasonable distance or can readily change employment without changing their place of residence. Such an area shall be identified in accordance with criteria used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor in defining such areas or similar criteria established by a Governor.

  • LMI

    Labor Market Information is labor related information about unemployment, industries, occupations, etc. LMI covers economic, social, demographic, and labor force data. It describes the characteristics of the supply of labor (the people who are workers or potential workers in the labor market) and provides information on the job opportunities in the labor market (current and projected needs of current and future employers). Sources of LMI often give historical, current, and forecast information to satisfy the different users needs. http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/default.aspx

  • LNG
    Literacy and Numeracy Gains (for Youth)
  • Local Area
    (See Local Workforce Innovation Area [formerly Local Workforce Development Area and Local Workforce Investment Area])
  • Local Board
    (See Local Workforce Innovation Board [formerly Local Workforce Development Board and Local Workforce Investment Board])
  • Local Educational Agency
    Has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
  • Local Workforce Development Area
    Local Workforce Development Area (now known as LWIA)
  • Local Workforce Development Board
    Local Workforce Development Board (now known as LWIB)
  • Local Workforce Innovation Area

    A Local Workforce Innovation Area is a single county or multiple counties designated by the Governor, which allows for the receipt of an allotment under Sec. 127(b) or 132(b), with considerations consisting of the extent to which the areas - (i) are consistent with labor market areas in the State; (ii) are consistent with regional economic development areas in the State; and (iii) have available the Federal and non-Federal resources necessary to effectively administer activities under subtitle B and other applicable provisions of this Act, including whether the areas have the appropriate education and training providers, such as institutions of higher education and area career and technical education schools.

  • Local Workforce Innovation Board [formerly Local Workforce Investment Board]

    A Local Workforce Innovation Board is a group of business, workforce, governmental, and community leaders established, and certified by the Governor, to carry out the functions described at Sec. 107(d).

  • Long-Term Unemployed
    Individuals who have been unemployed for at least twelve (12) of the last twenty-six (26) weeks.
  • Lower Living Standard Income Level

    Lower Living Standard Income Level means that income level (adjusted for regional, metropolitan, urban, and rural differences and family size) determined annually by the Secretary of Labor based on the most recent lower living family budget issued by the Secretary.

  • Low-income Individual
    The term "low-income individual" means an individual who— (i) receives, or in the past 6 months has received, or is a member of a family that is receiving or in the past 6 months has received, assistance through the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families program under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), or the supplemental security income program established under title XVI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.), or State or local income-based public assistance; (ii) is in a family with total family income that does not exceed the higher of— (I) the poverty line; or (II) 70 percent of the lower living standard income level; (iii) is a homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), or a homeless child or youth (as defined under section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))); (iv) receives or is eligible to receive a free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.); (v) is a foster child on behalf of whom State or local government payments are made; or (vi) is an individual with a disability whose own income meets the income requirement of clause (ii), but who is a member of a family whose income does not meet this requirement.
  • LWDA
    Local Workforce Development Area (now known as LWIA)
  • LWDB
    Local Workforce Development Board (now known as LWIB)
  • LWIA

    A Local Workforce Innovation Area is a single county or multiple counties designated by the Governor, which allows for the receipt of an allotment under Sec. 127(b) or 132(b), with considerations consisting of the extent to which the areas - (i) are consistent with labor market areas in the State; (ii) are consistent with regional economic development areas in the State; and (iii) have available the Federal and non-Federal resources necessary to effectively administer activities under subtitle B and other applicable provisions of this Act, including whether the areas have the appropriate education and training providers, such as institutions of higher education and area career and technical education schools.

  • LWIB

    A Local Workforce Innovation Board is a group of business, workforce, governmental, and community leaders established, and certified by the Governor, to carry out the functions described at Sec. 107(d).

  • Maximum Benefit Amount

    Maximum Benefit Amount is the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits payable to a claimant in a benefit year.

  • MBA

    Maximum Benefit Amount is the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits payable to a claimant in a benefit year.

  • Memorandum of Understanding

    A Memorandum of Understanding is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities.

  • Methods of Administration

    A Methods of Administration is a document that describes the actions an individual State will take to ensure that its WIA Title I-financially assisted programs, activities, and recipients are complying, and will continue to comply, with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of WIOA and its implementing regulations.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker

    Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker -

    Migrant farmworker means an eligible seasonal farmworker whose agricultural labor requires travel to a job site such that the farmworker is unable to return to a permanent place of residence within the same day; and a dependent of the farmworker. Seasonal farmworker means a low-income individual who— (i) for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to application for the program involved, has been primarily employed in agricultural or fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment; and (ii) faces multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency; and a dependent of the person.

  • Misapplication of Funds
    Includes nepotism, political patronage, use of participants for political activity, known ineligible participants, conflict-of-interest, failure to report income earned from federal funds, violation of governing administrative standards and procedures, and diverting or misappropriating funds from their authorized purpose.
  • Misconduct
    An activity that may reflect negatively on the program or agency, affecting the public’s confidence in the integrity of program operations. This includes but is not limited to, conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest involving outside employment, business, and professional activities; the receipt of gifts, favors, or fees and misuse of official information or property.
  • MOA

    A Methods of Administration is a document that describes the actions an individual State will take to ensure that its WIA Title I-financially assisted programs, activities, and recipients are complying, and will continue to comply, with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of WIOA and its implementing regulations.

  • MOU

    A Memorandum of Understanding is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities.

  • MSFW

    Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker -

    Migrant farmworker means an eligible seasonal farmworker whose agricultural labor requires travel to a job site such that the farmworker is unable to return to a permanent place of residence within the same day; and a dependent of the farmworker. Seasonal farmworker means a low-income individual who— (i) for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to application for the program involved, has been primarily employed in agricultural or fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment; and (ii) faces multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency; and a dependent of the person.

  • NAACP

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminates race-based discrimination.

  • NAFTA

    The North American Free Trade Agreement establishes Transitional Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers in companies affected by imports from Mexico or Canada or by shifts of U.S. production to those countries.

  • NAICS

    The North American Industry Classification System is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminates race-based discrimination.

  • National Emergency Grant

    The National Emergency Grant program assists local governments by providing funds for counties declared federal disaster areas to provide temporary employment to dislocated workers that assist with flood cleanup and recovery efforts and help return communities to pre-disaster conditions.

  • Natural Disaster
    Events including hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, high water, wind drive water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snow storm, drought, fire, explosion, or other catastrophes.
  • Needs-Related Payments

    Needs-Related Payments are funds allocated to a local area and may be used to provide direct financial assistance to adults and dislocated workers who are unemployed and do not qualify for (or have ceased to qualify for) unemployment compensation for the purpose of enabling such individuals to participate in programs of training services.

  • NEG

    The National Emergency Grant program assists local governments by providing funds for counties declared federal disaster areas to provide temporary employment to dislocated workers that assist with flood cleanup and recovery efforts and help return communities to pre-disaster conditions.

  • New Event
    To be considered a new event, the dislocation must occur during the current program year or anytime in the previous program year as long as 1E or 1S (depending on the program for which the even is being funded) program dollars were not expended on the event. The dislocation must affect 50 or more workers after February 23, 2012 or affect 200 or more workers prior to February 23, 2012 in an LWIA or meet the definition of a statewide event from the same company.
  • NoGA

    A Notice of Grant Award is the legal document issued to notify the grantee that an award has been made and that funds may be requested from the designated office.

  • Nontraditional employment
    Occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.
  • North American Free Trade Agreement

    The North American Free Trade Agreement establishes Transitional Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers in companies affected by imports from Mexico or Canada or by shifts of U.S. production to those countries.

  • North American Industry Classification System

    The North American Industry Classification System is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

  • Notice of Grant Award

    A Notice of Grant Award is the legal document issued to notify the grantee that an award has been made and that funds may be requested from the designated office.

  • NPRM
    Notice of Proposed Rule Making
  • NRP

    Needs-Related Payments are funds allocated to a local area and may be used to provide direct financial assistance to adults and dislocated workers who are unemployed and do not qualify for (or have ceased to qualify for) unemployment compensation for the purpose of enabling such individuals to participate in programs of training services.

  • O*Net
    Occupational Information Network
  • Obligated Expenditures
    (See Obligation)
  • Obligation

    The Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200.71 states, “When used in connection with a non-Federal entity’s utilization of funds under a Federal award, obligations means orders placed for property and services, contracts, and subawards made, and similar transactions during a given period that require payment by the non-Federal entity during the same or a future period”. TEGL 28-10 states that obligations represent definite commitments which will result in future expenditures. Obligations are legal requirements – not plans, budgets or encumbrances. Some examples of obligations are open purchase orders, child care contracts, on-the-job training agreements, ITAs (for which enrollments have occurred), and subaward agreements (excluding budgeted amounts for ITAs for which enrollments have not occurred). Accrued expenditures are part of the total obligations to be reported. Encumbrances or budgeted amounts, such as projected staff time or future/projected rent payments, do not qualify as obligations.

  • Occupational Classroom Training
    Occupational training is predominantly technical training, which prepares the student for entry into a particular occupation or set of occupations. Expenditures countable for occupational training.
  • Occupational Skills Training
    Means an organized program of study that provides specific vocational skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at entry, intermediate, or advanced levels.
  • ODEP
    Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • OEM
    Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OET
    Office of Employment and Training (formerly Bureau of Workforce Development (BoWD))
  • Offender
    An adult or youth (A) who is or has been subject to any stage of the criminal justice process, for whom services under this Act may be beneficial; or (B) who requires assistance in overcoming artificial barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction.
  • Office of Employment and Training
    Office of Employment and Training (formerly Bureau of Workforce Development (BoWD))
  • Office of Equal Opportunity Monitoring and Compliance

    The Office of Equal Opportunity Monitoring and Compliance is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) office that oversees the implementation of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (EO) provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • OJT

    On-the-Job Training provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training for newly hired employees and the lost production of current employees providing the training (including management staff). OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the wage rate (in certain circumstances up to 75%) of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs. Under some programs, such as those funded by H-1B fees, OJT reimbursement may be as high as 90%, depending on employer size.

  • Older Individual
    The term ‘‘older individual’’ means an individual age 55 or older.
  • OMB
    Office of Management and Budget
  • One or More Grade Levels Below the Grade Level Appropriate to the Individual’s Age
    Is defined based on the following relationship between age at registration and highest school grade completed: 14 (Age at registration) -- 7 (Highest grade completed is less than); 15 -- 8; 16 -- 9; 17 -- 10; 18 -- 11; and 19 -- 12.
  • One-Stop Center
    (See Illinois workNet Center.)
  • One-Stop Operator
    Means one or more entities designated or certified under section 121(d).
  • One-Stop Partner
    Any entity described at a) section 121(b)(1); or b) section 121(b)(2) that is participating, with the approval of the local board and chief elected official, in the operation of a one-stop delivery system. WIOA specifies sixteen (16) required program partners to deliver career services, employment and training services through the one-stop delivery system and in the one-stop centers. All required partners must make career services applicable to the partner’s programs available to participants through the One-Stop delivery system. All required partners must contribute funds to maintain the one-stop delivery system. Each partner is required to pay a capped share of the infrastructure costs for the comprehensive one-stop centers. The required partners must also enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Local Board relating to the operation and funding of the One-Stop system that meets the requirements of WIOA and participate in the operation of the One-Stop system consistent with the terms of the MOU and requirements of authorizing laws.
  • One-Stop Partner Program
    Means a program or activities described in section 121(b) of a one-stop partner.
  • One-Stop System
    The network of workforce products and services that meets business and jobseeker needs in whatever manner and location is most effective and convenient for the customer. Customers can choose to use the system's products and services in different ways. They may call a toll-free number or connect through a personal computer at home or in a neighborhood library. They may receive individualized assistance in a community-based agency, an educational institution, or a one-stop career center.
  • ONET
    Occupational Information Network
  • On-the-Job Training

    On-the-Job Training provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training for newly hired employees and the lost production of current employees providing the training (including management staff). OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the wage rate (in certain circumstances up to 75%) of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs. Under some programs, such as those funded by H-1B fees, OJT reimbursement may be as high as 90%, depending on employer size.

  • Optimum Policy Making (or Hiring) Authority
    An individual who can reasonably be expected to speak affirmatively on behalf of the entity he or she represents and to commit that entity to a chosen course of action. Business members of a State or local board may also have hiring authority.
  • OSERS
    Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
  • OSY

    Out-of-School Youth means an individual who is— (i) not attending any school (as defined under State law); (ii) not younger than age 16 or older than age 24; and (iii) one or more of the following: (I) A school dropout. (II) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. (III) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is—(aa) basic skills deficient; or (bb) an English language learner. (IV) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system. (V) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (VI) An individual who is pregnant or parenting. (VII) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VIII) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • Out-of-School Youth

    Out-of-School Youth means an individual who is— (i) not attending any school (as defined under State law); (ii) not younger than age 16 or older than age 24; and (iii) one or more of the following: (I) A school dropout. (II) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. (III) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is—(aa) basic skills deficient; or (bb) an English language learner. (IV) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system. (V) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (VI) An individual who is pregnant or parenting. (VII) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VIII) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • Outreach
    An effort by staff and/or management of the one-stop system to encourage individuals and businesses in the service delivery area to use the services, programs and activities of the one-stop system.
  • Participant
    A reportable individual who has received staff-assisted services after satisfying all applicable programmatic requirements for the provision of services, such as eligibility determination. The following individuals are not participants: (i) Individuals who have not completed at least 12 contact hours in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) program; (ii) Individuals who only use the self-service system; and (iii) Individuals who only receive information services or activities.
  • Participating Employer
    The primary customer(s) for incumbent worker training services. This may be a single employer or group of employers and may be locally defined. Such employers must be actively participating in a WIOA funded incumbent worker training program. And, such employers must be industry focused. For example, a group of employers may be associated due to supply relationships, such as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the firms in the OEM’s supply chain. Or, a group of employers may be associated through an industry-related organization.
  • Pay-For-Performance Contract Strategy
    The term ‘‘pay-for-performance contract strategy’’ means a procurement strategy that uses pay-for-performance contracts in the provision of training services described in section 134(c)(3) or activities described in section 129(c)(2), and includes—(A) contracts, each of which shall specify a fixed amount that will be paid to an eligible service provider (which may include a local or national community-based organization or intermediary, community college, or other training provider, that is eligible under section 122 or 123, as appropriate) based on the achievement of specified levels of performance on the primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) for target populations as identified by the local board (including individuals with barriers to employment), within a defined timetable, and which may provide for bonus payments to such service provider to expand capacity to provide effective training; (B) a strategy for independently validating the achievement of the performance described in subparagraph (A); and (C) a description of how the State or local area will reallocate funds not paid to a provider because the achievement of the performance described in subparagraph (A) did not occur, for further activities related to such a procurement strategy, subject to section 189(g)(4).
  • PEER

    Placement in Employment or Education (for Youth)

  • Performance Measure
    Performance measures are the set of accountability measures that apply across the core programs to assess the effectiveness of States and local areas (for core programs described in subtitle B) in achieving positive outcomes for individuals served by those programs.
  • Performed Successfully
    Means-(a) For the purpose of initial designation, that the local area met or exceeded all performance levels the Governor negotiated with Local Board and CEO under WIA sec. 136(c) for the last 2 full Program Years (PY) before the enactment of WIOA. It also requires that the local area not fail any individual measure for the last 2 consecutive PYs before the enactment of WIOA. (b) For the purpose of subsequent designation, that the local area met or exceeded the levels of performance the Governor negotiated with Local Board and CEO for core indicators of performance described at WIOA sec. 116(b)(2)(A).
  • Personal Identifiable Information

    Personal Identifiable Information means--

    Any representation of information that permits the identity of an individual to whom the information applies to be reasonably inferred by either direct or indirect means. Further, PII is defined as information: (i) that directly identifies an individual (e.g., name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.) or (ii) by which an agency intends to identify specific individuals in conjunction with other data elements, i.e., indirect identification. (These data elements may include a combination of gender, race, birth date, geographic indicator, and other descriptors). Additionally, information permitting the physical or online contacting of a specific individual is the same as personally identifiable information. This information can be maintained in either paper, electronic or other media.

  • PII

    Personal Identifiable Information means--

    Any representation of information that permits the identity of an individual to whom the information applies to be reasonably inferred by either direct or indirect means. Further, PII is defined as information: (i) that directly identifies an individual (e.g., name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.) or (ii) by which an agency intends to identify specific individuals in conjunction with other data elements, i.e., indirect identification. (These data elements may include a combination of gender, race, birth date, geographic indicator, and other descriptors). Additionally, information permitting the physical or online contacting of a specific individual is the same as personally identifiable information. This information can be maintained in either paper, electronic or other media.

  • Placement
    The act of obtaining unsubsidized employment for or by a participant.
  • Placement in Employment or Education

    Placement in Employment or Education (for Youth)

  • Planning Region
    The term ‘‘planning region’’ means a region described in subparagraph (B) or (C) of section 106(a)(2), subject to section 107(c)(4)(B)(i).
  • Population(s) with Multiple Barriers to Employment
    The WIOA defines this participant population as individuals with more than one barrier to employment.
  • Possess One or More Disabilities, Including Learning Disabilities
    (See individual with a disability)
  • Postsecondary Education
    The provision of a formal instructional program whose curriculum is designed primarily for students who have completed high school or a GED. This includes programs whose purpose is academic, vocational, continuing professional education, and excludes vocational and adult basic education programs.
  • Postsecondary Educational Institution
    An institution of higher education that provides not less than a 2-year program of instruction that is acceptable for credit toward a bachelor’s degree; (B) a tribally controlled college or university; or (C) a nonprofit educational institution offering certificate or apprenticeship programs at the postsecondary level.
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    A pre-apprenticeship is a program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program, which includes:
    • Training and curriculum that aligns with the skill needs of employers in the economy of the State or region
    • Access to educational and career counseling, and other supportive services
    • Hands-on, meaningful learning activities that are connected to education and training activities, such as exploring career options, understanding how skills acquired through coursework can be applied to a future career
    • Opportunities to attain at least one industry-recognized credential; and
    • A partnership with one or more registered apprenticeship programs that assists in placing individuals who complete the pre-apprenticeship into a registered apprenticeship program
  • Pre-Enrollment Assessment
    A process to determine the employability and training needs of participants before enrolling them into the program. Individual factors considered during pre-enrollment assessment include: a judgment of vocational interests, abilities, previous education and work experience, income requirements, and personal circumstances.
  • Pre-Vocational Services
    All payments made to a training institution or training provider for classroom instruction in academic remediation or short-term pre-vocational services which would normally be classified as an intensive service.
  • Program Completion
    For vocational programs that award formal credentials: Individuals who earn the credential (either a basic or advanced certificate or degree). For vocational programs that do not award formal credentials: Criteria for program completion for programs that do not award formal credentials must be approved by the Local Workforce Innovation Board certifying the program. Completers are individuals satisfying these criteria.
  • Program of Study
    Training services consisting of one or more courses or classes, that, upon successful completion, lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a baccalaureate degree; a competency or skill recognized by employers; or a set of skills or competencies generally required for a job or a set of jobs.
  • Program of Training Services
    Means one or more courses or classes, or a structured regimen that leads to: (a) A recognized postsecondary credential, secondary school diploma or its equivalent, (b) Employment, or (c) Measurable skill gains toward such a credential or employment.
  • Program Operator
    A recipient or a subrecipient of DOL funds for a qualified job training program.
  • Public Assistance
    Means Federal, State, or local government cash payments for which eligibility is determined by a needs or income test.
  • PY
    Program Year
  • Qualified Job
    Any program or service for workforce preparation, development, or delivery that is directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor. Reference: Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
  • Rapid Response
    Early intervention services provided by the state or by an agency chosen by the state in case of a factory closing, a natural or other disaster that causes job loss for large numbers of workers, in order to assist dislocated workers in obtaining reemployment as soon as possible.
  • Rapid Response Activity
    The term ‘‘rapid response activity’’ means an activity provided by a State, or by an entity designated by a State, with funds provided by the State under section 134(a)(1)(A), in the case of a permanent closure or mass layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, or a natural or other disaster, that results in mass job dislocation, in order to assist dislocated workers in obtaining reemployment as soon as possible, with services including—(A) the establishment of onsite contact with employers and employee representatives— (i) immediately after the State is notified of a current or projected permanent closure or mass layoff; or (ii) in the case of a disaster, immediately after the State is made aware of mass job dislocation as a result of such disaster; (B) the provision of information on and access to available employment and training activities; (C) assistance in establishing a labor-management committee, voluntarily agreed to by labor and management, with the ability to devise and implement a strategy for assessing the employment and training needs of dislocated workers and obtaining services to meet such needs; (D) the provision of emergency assistance adapted to the particular closure, layoff, or disaster; and (E) the provision of assistance to the local community in developing a coordinated response and in obtaining access to State economic development assistance.
  • Reasonable Wage
    Wages paid are to be considered reasonable to the extent that it is consistent with that paid for similar work in the organization's other activities or to the extent that it is comparable to that paid for similar work in the labor markets in which the organization competes for the kind of employees involved.
  • Recently Separated Veteran
    Means any veteran who applies for participation under the Act within 48 months after the discharge or release from active military, naval, or air services.
  • Recipient
    An entity to which Federal financial assistance, in whole or in part, is awarded directly from the Department or through sub-award for any qualified job training program.
  • Recognized Postsecondary Credential
    The term ‘‘recognized postsecondary credential’’ means a credential consisting of an industry-recognized certificate or certification, a certificate of completion of an apprenticeship, a license recognized by the State involved or Federal Government, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
  • Region
    Used without further description, means a region identified under section 106(a), subject to section 107(c)(4)(B)(i) and except as provided in section 106(b)(1)(B)(ii).
  • Registered Apprenticeship
    Registered Apprenticeship is an employer-driven, “learn while you earn” model that combines on-the-job training with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of industry-recognized skills standards. The OJT is provided by the employer who hires the apprentice, although some employers also provide the job-related instruction. WIOA funds may be used to support placing participants in both the classroom and OJT portions of the program. WIOA funds can also be used to provide supportive services to participants that help an individual succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program.

    Definition from Department of Labor.
  • Rehabilitation Services
    Services provided by a licensed or authorized professional in accordance with an individualized plan of care intended to improve or maintain a client's quality of life and optimal capacity for self-care. Services include physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and low-vision training.
  • Remedial Education
    (See Remedial Training)
  • Remedial Training
    Remedial training is designed to remediate basic skill deficiencies in reading, writing, speaking, and mathematics of high school graduates and persons achieving the equivalency of a high school diploma in order to prepare them to pursue further postsecondary education or employment.
  • Reportable Individual
    Means an individual who has taken action that demonstrates an intent to use program services and who meets specific reporting criteria of the core program, including: (1) Individuals who provide identifying information; (2) Individuals who only use the self-service system; and (3) Individuals who only receive information on services or activities.
  • Resource Room Utilization

    Provision of WIOA-funded services to a participant, including informational activities and self-service, without significant staff involvement, at a specific resource room location (One-Stop Career Center or affiliate site). Such services are to be reported to OET via the Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS).

  • Retention
    Continuing or keeping a job, usually for at least 90 days or more.
  • RFA
    Request for Application
  • RFP
    Request for Proposal
  • RSA
    Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • RTAA
    Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Runaway
    A person under 18 years of age who absents himself or herself from home or place of legal residence without the permission of parent or legal guardian (JTPA definition).
  • RWMD
    Regional Workforce Management Division
  • Same-day Service
    Same-day services are those staff-assisted activities that are completed in one day. The same activity could be delivered again on one or more additional days but each occurrence is considered another episode.
  • School Dropout
    An individual who is no longer attending any school and who has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent. A youth’s dropout status is determined at the time of registration. A youth attending an alternative school at the time of registration is not a dropout. An individual who is out-of-school at the time of registration and subsequently placed in an alternative school may be considered an out-of-school youth for the purposes of the 30 percent expenditure requirement for out-of-school youth.
  • Secondary School
    Means the term given in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).
  • Self-Service
    Occurs when participants serve themselves, or are served without significant staff involvement, in accessing workforce investment system information and activities in either a physical location and/or remotely via the use of electronic technologies (e.g., Illinois workNet).
  • Self-Service Participant (Individuals)
    Those individuals who receive self-service and informational services, without significant staff involvement, at a physical location and/or remotely via the use of electronic technologies. Self-service participants are further defined by the following classifications, based on the data provided: a) Basic self-service customer; or b) customers receiving facilitated self-help, or c) Reportable/Non-registered self-service participant. They are individuals that have minimal interaction with the program and minimal resources are spent on their behalf.
  • Self-sufficiency
    The ability to support oneself without external assistance.
  • SFY
    State Fiscal Year
  • Short-Term Pre-Vocational Training Program
    A classroom activity which provides youth or adults who have had little or no employment experience with a set of work habits and skills which are prerequisite for participation in the work force. Training may include survival/daily living skills, positive work habits, attitudes and behavior, developing motivation and adaptability, learning coping and problem-solving skills and acquiring an improved self-image.
  • Significant Event
    An event that creates a sudden need for assistance that cannot reasonably be expected to be accommodated within the on-going operation of the formula-funded Dislocated Worker program.
  • Significant Staff Involvement
    Any assistance provided by staff beyond self-service and informational activities regardless of the length of time involved in providing such assistance. Significant staff involvement includes a staff member’s assessment of a participant’s skills, education, or career objectives in order to achieve the following: a) Assist participants in deciding on appropriate next steps in the search for employment, training, and related services, including job referral; b) Assist participants in assessing their personal barriers to employment; or c) Assist participants in accessing other related services necessary to enhance their employability and individual employment related needs.
  • Skill Attainment
    Skills that directly benefit the workers receiving the training by making them more qualified in their field of employment, and/or provide new skills for new product lines or processes.
  • Small Business

    Means one that is “independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation”. For purposes of WIOA, USDOL and USDOE have adopted the use of the Small Business Administration definition as outlined in the publication, “Table of Small Business Size Standards Matched to North American Industry Classification System Codes.”

  • SNAP
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Social Security Disability Insurance

    Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax-funded federal program that provides income supplements to individuals that are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability (physical disability). The individual must have worked in recent years and paid FICA payroll taxes for a certain period of time to be eligible for SSDI.

  • Social Security Number

    A Social Security Number is the 9-digit identification number assigned to an individual by the Social Security Administration under the Social Security Act.

  • SSA
    Social Security Administration
  • SSDI

    Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax-funded federal program that provides income supplements to individuals that are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability (physical disability). The individual must have worked in recent years and paid FICA payroll taxes for a certain period of time to be eligible for SSDI.

  • SSI

    Supplemental Security Income is an income benefit program for disabled individuals under the age of 65 who are unable to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. It also provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Eligibility for the program is based on financial need established by income and asset requirements.

  • SSN

    A Social Security Number is the 9-digit identification number assigned to an individual by the Social Security Administration under the Social Security Act.

  • State Board
    Means a State workforce development board established under section 101.
  • State Plan
    Used without further description, means a unified State plan under section 102 or a combined State plan under section 103.
  • Statewide Event
    A dislocation event affecting 200 or more workers from the same company at multiple locations in one or more LWIAs.
  • Statewide List of Eligible Providers
    The statewide list of eligible providers is a compilation of all programs, listed by provider, that have been approved by a local board. The statewide list of eligible providers, according to WIOA Section 122, must be widely disseminated and available through the state’s Illinois workNet® system to be available to participants in employment and training activities.
  • Subject to Adult or Juvenile Justice System

    ​An individual who is or has been subject to any stage of the criminal justice system or process and has been recorded as such.  In other words, they are “in the system”.

  • Subsidies
    Cash assistance or similar payments for transportation, housing, food or other basic expenses.
  • Suitable Work
    Work that is determined to be reasonable for a claimant considering his or her skills, training, education and experience.
  • Summer Youth Employment
    For purposes of the use of Recovery Act funds, the summer youth employment period extends from May 1 through September 30. To be considered in Summer Youth Employment participants must have a work experience component.
  • Summer Youth Employment Program

    The Summer Youth Employment Program is the state-wide program designed to employ out-of-school youth.  This target group may or may not have completed their high school education and thus makes it more challenging for them to find work.  This program offers them training and employment as a means to provide a bridge to other employment opportunities that may stem from their work experience over the summer.

  • Summer Youth Only Employment
    For purposes of the use of Recovery Act funds, the summer youth employment period extends from May 1 through September 30. To be considered in Summer Youth Only Employment and be excluded from full performance, participants must have a work experience component, a work readiness goal, and receive no services/activities outside of the summer youth employment period.
  • Supplemental Security Income

    Supplemental Security Income is an income benefit program for disabled individuals under the age of 65 who are unable to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. It also provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Eligibility for the program is based on financial need established by income and asset requirements.

  • Supplies

    Means all tangible personal property other than those described in the definition of equipment.  A computing device is a supply if the acquisition cost is less than $5,000, regardless of the length of its useful life.

  • Supportive Services
    Services such as transportation, child care, dependent care, housing, and needs-related payments, that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in activities authorized under this Act.
  • Sustained Fiscal Integrity
    Means for the purpose of determining initial and subsequent local area designation, that the Secretary has not made a formal determination that either the grant recipient or any other entity charged with expending local area funds misexpended such 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 2-year period preceding the determination.
  • SYEP

    The Summer Youth Employment Program is the state-wide program designed to employ out-of-school youth.  This target group may or may not have completed their high school education and thus makes it more challenging for them to find work.  This program offers them training and employment as a means to provide a bridge to other employment opportunities that may stem from their work experience over the summer.

  • T2W

    The Ticket to Work program is a voluntary program that offers SSDI and SSI beneficiaries with disabilities a variety of choices in obtaining the support and services they need to help them go to work and achieve their employment goals. If you are eligible and would like to work or increase your current earnings, this program can help you get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other ongoing support and services to help you do so.

  • TAA
    The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002) provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TAA is effective for all certifications dated prior to May 18, 2009 and after February 12, 2011 (with certifications number 0-69,999 and 80,000 and above.) TAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), and Health Care Tax Credits (HCTC).
  • TAAEA
    On October 21, 2011, President Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Extension Act of 2011, which changes the group eligibility requirements, and individual benefits and services available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, for some workers.
  • TACCCT
    Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training Grant Program
  • TANF

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a federal program providing cash, medical or food assistance for parents and children.

  • TAPR

    The Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR) is an exiter report that provides the outcome measures for the TAA program.

  • TAT

    Technical Assistance and Training

  • Technical Assistance and Training

    Technical Assistance and Training

  • TEGL
    Training and Employment Guidance Letter
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a federal program providing cash, medical or food assistance for parents and children.

  • TEN
    Training and Employment Notice
  • Tenure

    When a person has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate attachment to the workforce (meaning the individual must have at least six months employment in the industry or occupation from which he/she was dislocated), but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that were not covered under a state unemployment compensation law.

  • TGAAA
    Included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) reauthorized the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002). TGAAA was effective for all certifications (numbered 70,000 to 79,999) dated on or after May 18, 2009 until its provisions expired on February 12, 2011 (at which point the TAA provisions were again placed in effect for all new petitions.) TGAAA provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TGAAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), and Health Care Tax Credits (HCTC).
  • Ticket to Work

    The Ticket to Work program is a voluntary program that offers SSDI and SSI beneficiaries with disabilities a variety of choices in obtaining the support and services they need to help them go to work and achieve their employment goals. If you are eligible and would like to work or increase your current earnings, this program can help you get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other ongoing support and services to help you do so.

  • TLWTF
    Transportation Logistics and Warehousing Task Force
  • TORQ
    Transferrable Occupation Relationship Quotient
  • TRA

    The Trade Readjustment Allowance is a weekly allowance payable to an affected worker with respect to such worker's unemployment.

  • Trade Act Participant Report

    The Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR) is an exiter report that provides the outcome measures for the TAA program.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance
    (See Trade Adjustment Assistance (Federal))
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Act
    The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002) provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TAA is effective for all certifications dated prior to May 18, 2009 and after February 12, 2011 (with certifications number 0-69,999 and 80,000 and above.) TAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), and Health Care Tax Credits (HCTC).
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training
    Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training Grant Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension (TAAEA)
    (see Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
    On October 21, 2011, President Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Extension Act of 2011, which changes the group eligibility requirements, and individual benefits and services available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, for some workers.
  • Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act (TGAAA)
    (See Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (Federal))
  • Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009
    Included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) reauthorized the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002). TGAAA was effective for all certifications (numbered 70,000 to 79,999) dated on or after May 18, 2009 until its provisions expired on February 12, 2011 (at which point the TAA provisions were again placed in effect for all new petitions.) TGAAA provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TGAAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), and Health Care Tax Credits (HCTC).
  • Trade Readjustment Allowance

    The Trade Readjustment Allowance is a weekly allowance payable to an affected worker with respect to such worker's unemployment.

  • Training Services
    Means services described in section 134(b)(3), which are provided through an Individual Training Account (ITA) or through a training contract, that may be provided to eligible individuals if it is determined, after an interview, evaluation or assessment, and career planning, that the individual: is unlikely or unable to obtain or retain employment, that leads to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to or higher than wages from previous employment through career services alone; is in need of training services to obtain or retain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to or higher than wages from previous employment, through career services alone; and has the skills and qualifications to successfully participate in the selected program of training services.
  • UI
    Unemployment Insurance
  • Underemployed

    Means an individual who is working part-time but desires full-time employment, or who is working in employment not commensurate with the individual's demonstrated level of educational and/or skill achievement.

  • Unemployed Individual
    An individual who is without a job and who wants and is available for work. The determination of whether an individual is without a job, for purposes of this paragraph, shall be made in accordance with the criteria used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor in defining individuals as unemployed.
  • United States Department of Labor

    The United States Department of Labor is the federal department (agency) which regulates and funds state workforce activities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • Units of General Local Government
    Means any general purpose political subdivision of a State that has the power to levy taxes and spend funds, as well as general corporate and police powers.
  • USDOL

    The United States Department of Labor is the federal department (agency) which regulates and funds state workforce activities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • Veteran
    Means the term given in section 101 of title 38, United States Code. An individual who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Veteran with a Disability
    A veteran who is entitled to compensation under laws administered by the Veterans Administration, or an individual who was discharged or released from active duty because of service-connected disability.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
    An agency or program that provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities. Every state has a State Vocational Rehabilitation agency with local district offices. The state/federal program is administered by Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), in the US Department of Education. The state and local vocational rehabilitation program is a mandatory One-Stop employment service partner.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program
    Means a program authorized under a provision covered under paragraph (13)(D).
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    Those services identified in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which are provided in an individualized plan for employment. These services are necessary to assist an individual with a disability in preparing for, securing, retaining, or regaining an employment outcome that is consistent with the strengths, capabilities, interests, and informed choices of the individual.
  • Waiver From Training Refused Employment
    Customer was provided a waiver from training and refused employment except under the following condition: Enrolled in training, but starting within 30 days.
  • WARN
    Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • WBA

    The Weekly Benefit Amount is the amount payable to an unemployment insurance claimant for each compensable (eligible) week of total unemployment.

  • WDB
    Workforce Development Board
  • WDQI
    Workforce Data Quality Initiative
  • WDS
    Workforce Development Specialist (formerly Regional Program Representative (RPR))
  • Weekly Benefit Amount

    The Weekly Benefit Amount is the amount payable to an unemployment insurance claimant for each compensable (eligible) week of total unemployment.

  • Welfare-to-Work

    Welfare-to-Work is a series of federal and state plans to move people from welfare into employment and training for better jobs.

  • WFTR
    Waiver From Training Requirement
  • WIA

    The Workforce Investment Act is an Act of the United States Congress to establish programs to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and to give job training to those economically disadvantaged individuals and other individuals who face serious barriers to employment and who are in need of such training to obtain prospective employment. WIA followed the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and preceded the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • WIASRD
    Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data
  • WIF
    Workforce Innovation Fund
  • WIOA
    Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. WIOA replaces and modifies the Workforce Investment Act, which started in 1998. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. The majority of WIOA provisions become effective July 1, 2015. The goal of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. These core programs are included in WIOA:
    • Employment and Training Programs (Title I):
    • Disadvantaged Youth Services
    • Economically Disadvantaged Adult Services
    • Dislocated Worker Programs
    • Re-employment Services under Wagner-Peyser
    • Disabled persons employment support through Vocational
    • Rehabilitation Services
    http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/
  • WIOA Working Groups Members Only

    ​The “Members Only” section of the WIOA Implementation portal is intended for members of the WIOA Task Advisory Groups (TAGs) or members of the Interagency Work Group, as well as its subgroups focused on specific statewide implementation issues.  Documents within this section are working documents and, therefore, maintained behind a password-protected area of the portal. Transparency is a priority, and all materials and resources available for public consumption will be posted on the “WIOA Implementation Updates and Documents” page as frequently as possible.

  • Work Experience
    A work experience or internship is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for a limited period of time. Work experiences or internships may be paid or unpaid, as appropriate and consistent with other laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act. A work experience or internship may be arranged within the private for-profit sector, the non-profit sector, or the public sector.
    For youth, work experiences may also include:
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs;
    • Summer employment and other employment activities available throughout the school year;
    • Internships and job shadowing; and
    • On-the-job training (OJT)
  • Work Search
    An individual state requirement that the claimant must seek suitable work in a week for which benefits are claimed.
  • Workers

    Individuals in a dislocation event that are included in a WARN notice or provided in an employee list for the employer, or other acceptable documentation (Eligibility Chapter in the ePolicy manual).

  • Workforce Development Activity
    Means an activity carried out through a workforce development program.
  • Workforce Development Program
    Means a program made available through a workforce development system.
  • Workforce Development Specialist
    Workforce Development Specialist (formerly Regional Program Representative (RPR))
  • Workforce Development System
    Means a system that makes available core programs under WIOA, other required one-stop partner programs under WIOA, and any other programs providing employment and training, education or economic development services as identified by a State board or local board.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
    Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. WIOA replaces and modifies the Workforce Investment Act, which started in 1998. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. The majority of WIOA provisions become effective July 1, 2015. The goal of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. These core programs are included in WIOA:
    • Employment and Training Programs (Title I):
    • Disadvantaged Youth Services
    • Economically Disadvantaged Adult Services
    • Dislocated Worker Programs
    • Re-employment Services under Wagner-Peyser
    • Disabled persons employment support through Vocational
    • Rehabilitation Services
    http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/
  • Workforce Innovation Board (State WIB) [formerly Workforce Development Board or Workforce Investment Board]
    Established by the Governor with membership meeting Federal guidelines comprised of a majority of representatives of business; at least twenty percent workforce representatives, representatives of government, including chief elected officials, and other representation as designated by the Governor and assigned such functions as are outlined in section 101.
  • Workforce Investment Act

    The Workforce Investment Act is an Act of the United States Congress to establish programs to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and to give job training to those economically disadvantaged individuals and other individuals who face serious barriers to employment and who are in need of such training to obtain prospective employment. WIA followed the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and preceded the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • Workforce Investment Activity
    Means an employment and training activity, and a youth workforce investment activity.
  • Workforce Learning Advisor
    Means an individual employed by an organization who has the knowledge and skills necessary to advise other employees of that organization about the education, skill development, job training, career counseling services, and credentials, including services provided through the workforce development system, required to progress toward career goals of such employees in order to meet employer requirements related to job openings and career advancements that support economic self-sufficiency.
  • Workforce Preparation Activity
    Means activities, programs, or services designed to help an individual acquire a combination of basic academic skills, critical thinking skills, digital literacy skills, and self-management skills, including competencies in utilizing resources, using information, working with others, understanding systems, and obtaining skills necessary for successful transition into and completion of postsecondary education or training, or employment.
  • WTW

    Welfare-to-Work is a series of federal and state plans to move people from welfare into employment and training for better jobs.

  • YES
    Youth Employment for Summer
  • Youth Workforce Investment Activity
    means an activity described in section 129 that is carried out for eligible youth (or as described in section 129(a)(3)(A)).