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    Posted 11/7/2017 2:50 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now let’s take some time to talk about those activities that are required to be carried out with Rapid Response funds, per section 682.330. We developed this section of the regulation from three sources: activities that were previously only discussed in guidance and through technical assistance; elements that were required under WIA, and elements that were previously allowable, but which are now required.

  • Posted 10/24/2017 5:30 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Rapid Response is a unique program, and has a number of attributes that make it incredibly valuable. When writing the regulations under WIOA, we knew we needed to ensure a few things:

  • Posted 10/24/2017 5:32 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now that we’ve defined Rapid Response, and discussed its purpose, let’s take a look at when, or under what circumstances, Rapid Response MUST be delivered.



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    Posted 7/19/2017 2:25 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now that we have addressed the question of who has the responsibility for carrying out Rapid Response activities, let’s jump into one of the areas of the WIOA regulations that are much more comprehensive than under WIA: layoff aversion.

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    Posted 7/18/2017 2:42 PM by Jeff Ryan

    For the first blog in this series on business engagement, let’s start by attempting to develop a common definition for business engagement. After that, we will talk a bit about why active business engagement efforts are so critical for the workforce system and our partners, and look at some of the critical elements of successful business engagement programs.

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    Posted 7/14/2017 3:36 PM by Jeff Ryan
    One of the more tricky terms we use in the workforce development world is “business engagement.” Business engagement is tricky in several ways: it is largely undefined, there are many different interpretations of what it is and what it entails, who should participate, how it can be funded, how to measure success, and much more.
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    Posted 3/30/2017 2:22 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now that we have addressed what Rapid Response is and when it must be delivered, let us take a brief look at a related question—who has the responsibility for carrying out these activities?

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    Posted 1/31/2017 2:39 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now that we’ve defined Rapid Response, discussed its purpose, and described the circumstances under which Rapid Response must be provided, let’s take a closer look at one of the big changes to Rapid Response under the WIOA regulations from WIA: the definition of “mass layoff” as it applies to the Rapid Response program.


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    Posted 9/6/2016 5:07 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Our discussion of the major components of the WIOA regulations on Rapid Response continues as we cover the purpose of this critically important program. First, here is the language from the Final Rule (found at 682.300(b)):

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    Posted 8/12/2016 2:44 PM by Jeff Ryan

    Now that the WIOA Final Rules have been released publicly, you may be finding that you have questions or would like more details on various components of the new regulations on Rapid Response.  Over the next few months, we’ll be posting blogs and facilitating discussions in this space about various aspects of the regulations on Rapid ResponseSo you don’t have to read through each page, the preamble for this section begins on page 469; the rule text on 1139.