Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA); Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), 17184-17188 [2014-06748]

Download as PDF 17184 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Notices Send written comments to Samuel Wright, Office of Workforce Investment, Room C–4514, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: (202) 693–2870 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). Fax: 202–693– 3015. Email: wright.samuel.e@dol.gov. To obtain a copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR), please contact the person listed above. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Background Under Executive Orders 12073 and 10582, and 20 CFR parts 651 and 654, the Secretary of Labor is required to classify LSAs and disseminate this information for the use of all Federal agencies. This information is used by Federal agencies for various purposes including procurement decisions, food stamp waiver decisions, certain small business loan decisions, as well as other purposes determined by the agencies. The LSA list is issued annually, effective October 1 of each year, utilizing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Areas meeting the criteria are classified as LSAs. Department regulations specify that the Department can add other areas to the annual LSA listing under the exceptional circumstance criteria. Such additions are based on information contained in petitions submitted by the state workforce agencies (SWAs) to ETA’s national office. These petitions contain specific economic information about an area to provide ample justification for adding the area to the LSA listing under the exceptional circumstances criteria. The petitions submitted by the SWAs concern various aspects of unemployment and the economic condition for a specific area in order to provide justification for adding the area to the LSA list under the exceptional circumstances criteria. Under these criteria, an area may be determined eligible for classification as a LSA if it is experiencing a high rate of unemployment which is not temporary or seasonal and which was not adequately reflected in the unemployment data for the two-year reference period. Instructions designed to assist SWAs in the preparation of such petitions are currently contained on the ETA Web site: http:// www.doleta.gov/programs/lsa.cfm. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 II. Review Focus The Department is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions Type of Review: Extension without revisions. Title: Petition for Classifying Labor Surplus Areas. OMB Number: 1205–0207. Affected Public: State Workforce Agencies. Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 3. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 3. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: 0. We will summarize and/or include in the request for OMB approval of the ICR, the comments received in response to this comment request; they will also become a matter of public record. Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Labor. [FR Doc. 2014–06750 Filed 3–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA); Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Title I of WIA (Pub. L. 105– 220) requires the U.S. Secretary of Labor SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (Secretary) to update and publish the LLSIL tables annually, for uses described in the law (including determining eligibility for youth programs). WIA defines ‘‘low income individual’’ to include individuals who received income during a six-month period that does not exceed the higher level of the poverty line or 70 percent of the LLSIL. This issuance provides the Secretary’s annual LLSIL for 2014, and also provides a reference to the 2014 Health and Human Services ‘‘Poverty Guidelines.’’ DATES: This notice is effective immediately. For Further Information or Questions on the LLSIL: Please contact Samuel Wright, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room C–4526, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–2870; Fax: 202–693–3015 (neither telephone or fax are toll-free numbers); Email address: wright.samuel.e@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via Text Telephone (TTY/TDD) by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877–889–5627 (TTY/ TDD). For Further Information or Questions on Federal Youth Employment Programs: Please contact Jennifer Kemp, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N– 4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–3377; Fax: 202– 693–3110 (neither telephone or fax are toll-free numbers); Email: kemp.jennifer.n@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of WIA is to provide employment assistance through statewide and local workforce investment programs that increase the employment opportunities, retention, and earnings of participants. WIA programs are intended to increase the occupational skills of participants and the quality of the workforce, thereby reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation’s workforce. LLSIL is used for several purposes under WIA. WIA Section 101(25) defines the term ‘‘low income individual’’ for eligibility purposes, and Sections 127(b)(2)(C) and E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Notices 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV) define ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged adult’’ in terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for State formula allotments. The governor and State/local workforce investment boards (WIBs) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/ local WIBs to consult the WIA regulations and the preamble to the WIA Final Rule (65 FR 49294, August 11, 2000) for more specific guidance in applying the LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the 2014 poverty-level guidelines in the Federal Register on January 22, 2014 (Volume 79, Number 14), pp. 3593–3594 (available at http:// aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm). ETA provides a hyperlink to the 2014 LLSIL Federal Register and updated LLSIL tables on its Web site at http:// www.doleta.gov/llsil/2014/. WIA Section 101(24) defines LLSIL as ‘‘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.’’ The Secretary issued the most recent lower living family budget in fall 1981. The four-person urban family budget estimates, previously published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provided the basis for the Secretary to determine the LLSIL. BLS terminated the four-person family budget series in 1982, after publication of the fall 1981 estimates. Currently, BLS provides data which ETA uses to develop the LLSIL tables, shown in the Appendices to this Federal Register notice. ETA published the 2013 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of March 19, 2013, at Vol. 78, No. 53, pp. 16871–16875. This notice updates the LLSIL to reflect cost-of-living increases for 2014, by calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2013 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for an area, and applying this calculation to each of the March 19, 2013 LLSIL figures. The updated figures for a four-person family are listed in Appendix A, Table 1 by region for both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Numbers in all Appendix tables are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Since program eligibility for low-income individuals, ‘‘disadvantaged adults’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ may be determined by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIA Sections 101(25), 127(b)(2)(C), and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV), respectively, those figures are listed as well. I. Jurisdictions Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on the Census Regions defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as follows: A. Northeast Connecticut Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Rhode Island Vermont Virgin Islands B. Midwest Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nebraska North Dakota Ohio South Dakota Wisconsin C. South Alabama American Samoa Arkansas Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Northern Marianas Oklahoma Palau Puerto Rico South Carolina Kentucky Louisiana Marshall Islands Maryland Micronesia Mississippi North Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia Arizona California Colorado Idaho Montana Nevada New Mexico Oregon Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Utah Washington Wyoming Additionally, separate figures have been provided for Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam as indicated in Appendix B, Table 2. For Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, the year 2014 figures were updated from the 2013 Regional indexes provided by BLS. Data on 23 selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are also available. These are based on annual and semiannual CPI–U changes for a 12month period ending in December 2013. The updated LLSIL figures for these MSAs and 70 percent of LLSIL are reported in Appendix C, Table 3. Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent of the updated 2013 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. Tables 1–3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, but Table 4 can be used to separately determine the LLSIL for family incomes between one and six persons. For families larger than six persons, add the income level difference between the six-person and the five-person family income levels for each additional person in the family. Where the poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the corresponding 70 percent of the LLSIL figure, the figure is italicized. Appendix E, Table 5, shows 100 percent of the LLSIL for family sizes of one to six, and is used to determine selfsufficiency as noted at 20 CFR 663.230 of WIA regulation, and Section 134(d)(3)(A)(ii) of WIA. Modified Microsoft Excel tables for both Appendix E, Table 5 (with the area names) and Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, and the shaded areas where the poverty level is greater than the corresponding 70 percent of the LLSIL figure, is available on the ETA LLSIL Web site at http:// www.doleta.gov/llsil/2014/. II. Use of These Data Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within the State from Appendices A, B, or C, containing Tables 1 through 3. Appendices D and E, contain Tables 4 and 5, which adjust a family of four figure for larger and smaller families, may be used with any LLSIL designated area. The governor’s designation may be provided by disseminating information on MSAs and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas within the State or it may involve further calculations. For example, the State of New Jersey has at least four LLSIL figures (Northeast metropolitan area, Northeast nonmetropolitan area, and the New York and Philadelphia MSAs). An area may have more than one LLSIL area D. West PO 00000 17185 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 17186 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Notices designation, if a workforce investment area has more than one LLSIL area designation, the governor may determine which is to be used. Under 20 CFR 661.110, a State’s policies and measures for the workforce investment system shall be accepted by the Secretary to the extent that they are consistent with WIA and WIA regulations. III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses Publication of the LLSIL is solely for WIA statutory and regulatory requirements. BLS has terminated the four-person urban family budget estimates series and has not revised the lower living family budget since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The CPI–U adjustments used to update LLSIL for this publication are not precisely comparable, (most notably because certain tax items were included in the 1981 LLSIL, but are not in the CPI–U). Thus, figures in this notice should not be used for any statistical purposes, and are valid only for those purposes under WIA as defined in the law and regulations. 4 Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the West region are based on unpublished BLS data. Appendix A TABLE 1—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL 1 (FOR A FAMILY OF Appendix B FOUR PERSONS) BY REGION TABLE 2—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL 1 (FOR A FAMILY OF 2014 70 percent Region 2 Adjusted FOUR PERSONS), FOR ALASKA, HALLSIL LLSIL WAII AND GUAM Northeast: Metro ............. Non-Metro 3 ... Midwest: Metro ............. Non-Metro ..... South: Metro ............. Non-Metro ..... West: Metro ............. Non-Metro 4 ... $41,787 41,374 $29,251 28,962 Region 2 36,720 35,711 25,704 24,998 38,293 35,077 26,805 24,554 Alaska: Metro ............. Non-Metro ..... Hawaii, Guam: Metro ............. Non-Metro ..... 42,378 41,849 29,665 29,294 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. 2 Metropolitan area measures were calculated from the weighted average CPI-U’s for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area measures were calculated from the CPIU’s for city size class D. 3 Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the Northeast region are no longer available. The Non-metropolitan percent change was calculated using the U.S. average CPI-U for city size class D. 2014 Adjusted LLSIL 70 Percent LLSIL $47,851 50,100 $33,496 35,070 51,552 53,485 36,086 37,440 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. 2 Non-Metropolitan percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were calculated from the CPI-U’s for all urban consumers for city size class D in the Western Region. Generally the non-metro areas LLSIL is lower than the LLSIL in metro areas. This year the nonmetro area LLSIL incomes were larger because the change in CPI-U was smaller in the metro areas compared to the change in CPI-U in the non-metro areas of Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. Appendix C TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL 1 (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 2014 Adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) Anchorage, AK ................................................................................................................................................................. Atlanta, GA ...................................................................................................................................................................... Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT ....................................................................................................................... Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL/IN/WI .................................................................................................................................... Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH/KY/IN ........................................................................................................................................ Cleveland-Akron, OH ....................................................................................................................................................... Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX ........................................................................................................................................................ Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO .......................................................................................................................................... Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI ............................................................................................................................................... Honolulu, HI ..................................................................................................................................................................... Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX ..................................................................................................................................... Kansas City, MO/KS ........................................................................................................................................................ Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA .................................................................................................................... Milwaukee-Racine, WI ..................................................................................................................................................... Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN/WI ........................................................................................................................................... New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY/NJ/CT/PA ........................................................................................................ Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA/NJ/DE/MD ..................................................................................................... Pittsburgh, PA .................................................................................................................................................................. St. Louis, MO/IL ............................................................................................................................................................... San Diego, CA ................................................................................................................................................................. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA ............................................................................................................................ Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA ...................................................................................................................................... Washington-Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV 2 ......................................................................................................................... 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. and Washington are calculated as a single metropolitan statistical area. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2 Baltimore VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 $49,048 33,801 44,629 37,829 35,824 37,425 34,005 37,771 35,239 52,479 33,265 34,638 42,151 36,055 36,142 44,387 40,170 43,968 34,011 45,635 43,714 44,351 45,279 70 Percent LLSIL $34,333 23,660 31,241 26,481 25,077 26,198 23,804 26,440 24,668 36,735 23,285 24,247 29,506 25,238 25,300 31,071 28,119 30,778 23,808 31,945 30,600 31,046 31,695 17187 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Notices Appendix D Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2014 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), by Family Size To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for the WIA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area where the program applicant resides. These are listed in Tables 1, 2 and 3. After locating the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area, find the 70 percent LLSIL amount for that location. The 70 percent LLSIL figures are listed in the last column to Family of one $8,390 8,519 8,574 8,577 8,729 8,846 8,883 9,006 9,030 9,086 9,111 9,254 9,433 9,523 9,533 9,654 10,129 10,428 10,534 10,548 10,623 10,680 11,022 11,086 11,184 11,187 11,249 11,415 11,506 12,064 12,366 12,631 12,998 13,230 13,483 Family of two $13,745 13,962 14,051 14,052 14,308 14,492 14,554 14,752 14,801 14,893 14,931 15,170 15,464 15,605 15,630 15,819 16,594 17,094 17,265 17,286 17,408 17,502 18,060 18,166 18,319 18,336 18,435 18,707 18,849 19,764 20,264 20,692 21,293 21,675 22,095 Appendix E Table 5: Updated 2014 LLSIL (100 percent), by Family Size To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing self- tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Family of one $11,985 12,170 12,249 12,253 12,470 12,637 12,691 12,866 12,900 12,980 13,016 VerDate Mar<15>2010 the right on each of the three tables. These figures apply to a family of four. Larger and smaller family eligibility is based on a percentage of the family of four. To determine eligibility for other size families consult Table 4 and the instructions below. To use Table 4, locate the 70 percent LLSIL value that applies to the individual’s region or metropolitan area from Tables 1, 2 or 3. Find the same number in the ‘‘family of four’’ column of Table 4. Move left or right across that row to the size that corresponds to the individual’s family unit. That figure is the maximum household income the individual Family of three $18,865 19,172 19,286 19,288 19,646 19,890 19,984 20,252 20,318 20,446 20,498 20,821 21,223 21,422 21,449 21,712 22,780 23,466 23,695 23,733 23,901 24,030 24,787 24,936 25,151 25,168 25,312 25,677 25,880 27,137 27,814 28,410 29,236 29,756 30,329 18:40 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 $23,285 23,660 23,804 23,808 24,247 24,554 24,668 24,998 25,077 25,238 25,300 25,704 26,198 26,440 26,481 26,805 28,119 28,962 29,251 29,294 29,506 29,665 30,600 30,778 31,046 31,071 31,241 31,695 31,945 33,496 34,333 35,070 36,086 36,735 37,440 Family of three $26,949 27,389 27,552 27,555 28,065 28,415 28,549 28,931 29,026 29,208 29,283 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Family of four $33,265 33,801 34,005 34,011 34,638 35,077 35,239 35,711 35,824 36,055 36,142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Family of five $27,481 27,923 28,095 28,097 28,614 28,976 29,109 29,505 29,595 29,785 29,860 30,332 30,918 31,201 31,252 31,637 33,187 34,181 34,522 34,573 34,818 35,005 36,111 36,324 36,638 36,664 36,869 37,407 37,699 39,529 40,520 41,385 42,585 43,349 44,181 sufficiency criteria at the State or local level, begin by locating the metropolitan area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3 and then find the 2014 adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These figures apply to a family of four. Locate the corresponding number in the Family of two $19,635 19,945 20,073 20,074 20,440 20,703 20,792 21,074 21,144 21,275 21,329 Family of four is permitted in order to qualify as economically disadvantaged under the WIA. Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure is italicized. Individuals from these family sizes may consult the 2014 HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and Human Services Web site at http://aspe.hhs.gov/ poverty/14poverty.cfm to find the higher eligibility standard. Individuals from Alaska and Hawaii should consult the HHS guidelines for the generally higher poverty levels that apply in their States. Family of six $32,138 32,653 32,853 32,856 33,465 33,886 34,040 34,504 34,609 34,832 34,919 35,479 36,154 36,491 36,551 37,001 38,807 39,967 40,369 40,435 40,724 40,943 42,234 42,478 42,846 42,885 43,114 43,748 44,090 46,232 47,381 48,396 49,806 50,702 51,669 family of four in the column below. Move left or right across that row to the individual’s family unit. That figure is the minimum figure that States must set for determining whether employment leads to self-sufficiency under WIA programs. Family of five $39,258 39,890 40,136 40,139 40,878 41,394 41,585 42,150 42,278 42,550 42,657 E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Family of six $45,911 46,647 46,933 46,937 47,807 48,409 48,629 49,291 49,442 49,760 49,885 17188 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Notices Family of one 13,221 13,476 13,604 13,619 13,792 14,469 14,898 15,049 15,068 15,176 15,258 15,745 15,836 15,976 15,982 16,070 16,307 16,438 17,235 17,666 18,044 18,569 18,900 19,261 Family of two Family of three 21,671 22,091 22,292 22,328 22,598 23,706 24,420 24,664 24,694 24,869 25,003 25,800 25,951 26,170 26,195 26,336 26,724 26,927 28,235 28,949 29,560 30,419 30,965 31,564 29,745 30,318 30,603 30,641 31,017 32,542 33,523 33,850 33,905 34,144 34,329 35,410 35,622 35,930 35,955 36,160 36,682 36,971 38,767 39,734 40,585 41,765 42,508 43,327 Eric Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–06748 Filed 3–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2013–0012] Revision of OSHA’s Policy for Incorporating New Test Standards Into the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of final decision. AGENCY: In this notice, OSHA revises its existing policies regarding the incorporation of new test standards into the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program’s list of appropriate test standards and into NRTLs’ scopes of recognition; and incorporates 72 test standards into the NRTL Program’s list of appropriate test standards. DATES: The actions contained in this notice will become effective on March 27, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources: Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–3647, Washington, DC 20210; tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:40 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 Family of four 36,720 37,425 37,771 37,829 38,293 40,170 41,374 41,787 41,849 42,151 42,378 43,714 43,968 44,351 44,387 44,629 45,279 45,635 47,851 49,048 50,100 51,552 52,479 53,485 43,331 44,169 44,572 44,646 45,196 47,411 48,830 49,317 49,390 49,740 50,008 51,588 51,891 52,340 52,377 52,670 53,439 53,855 56,470 57,886 59,121 60,836 61,928 63,116 telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov. General and technical information: Contact Mr. David Johnson, Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693–2110; email: johnson.david.w@dol.gov. Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at http:// www.regulations.gov. This Federal Register notice, as well as other relevant information, is also available on OSHA’s Web page at http://www.osha.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background OSHA recognizes organizations that provide product-safety testing and certification services to manufacturers. These organizations perform testing and certification, for purposes of the NRTL Program, to U.S. consensus-based product-safety test standards. OSHA does not develop or issue these test standards, but generally relies on U.S. standards-development organizations (SDOs) accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The products covered by the NRTL Program consist of those items for which OSHA safety standards require ‘‘certification’’ by an NRTL. The requirements affect electrical products and 38 other types of products. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Family of five Family of six 50,684 51,648 52,130 52,215 52,858 55,439 57,096 57,670 57,764 58,177 58,490 60,335 60,683 61,208 61,265 61,591 62,497 62,986 66,046 67,688 69,138 71,152 72,431 73,813 OSHA recognition of an organization as an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the legal requirements in OSHA regulations at 29 CFR 1910.7 and the NRTL Program policies in CPL 1–0.3, ‘‘NRTL Program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines,’’ December 2, 1999 (‘‘Directive’’). Recognition is an acknowledgement by OSHA that the NRTL has the capabilities to perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within the NRTL’s scope of recognition. Recognition of an NRTL by OSHA also allows employers to use products certified by that NRTL to meet those OSHA standards that require product testing and certification (29 CFR 1910.7(a)). An NRTL’s scope of recognition consists, in part, of specific test standard(s) approved by OSHA for use by the NRTL. Pursuant to OSHA regulations, the NRTL must first request to have a test standard included in its scope of recognition. OSHA will grant the NRTL’s request only if the NRTL has the capability to test and examine equipment 1 and materials for workplace safety purposes and to determine conformance with the test standard for each relevant item of equipment or material that it lists, labels, or accepts (29 CFR 1910.7(b)(1)). Capability includes proper testing equipment and facilities, trained staff, written testing procedures, calibration programs, and quality-control programs. An 1 In this notice, OSHA uses the terms ‘‘equipment’’ and ‘‘product’’ or ‘‘products’’ interchangeably. E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA); Lower Living Standard 
Income Level (LLSIL)

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Title I of WIA (Pub. L. 105-220) requires the U.S. Secretary 
of Labor (Secretary) to update and publish the LLSIL tables annually, 
for uses described in the law (including determining eligibility for 
youth programs). WIA defines ``low income individual'' to include 
individuals who received income during a six-month period that does not 
exceed the higher level of the poverty line or 70 percent of the LLSIL. 
This issuance provides the Secretary's annual LLSIL for 2014, and also 
provides a reference to the 2014 Health and Human Services ``Poverty 
Guidelines.''

DATES: This notice is effective immediately.
    For Further Information or Questions on the LLSIL: Please contact 
Samuel Wright, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room C-4526, Washington, 
DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-2870; Fax: 202-693-3015 (neither telephone 
or fax are toll-free numbers); Email address: wright.samuel.e@dol.gov. 
Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone 
number above via Text Telephone (TTY/TDD) by calling the toll-free 
Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).
    For Further Information or Questions on Federal Youth Employment 
Programs: Please contact Jennifer Kemp, U.S. Department of Labor, 
Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Room N-4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-3377; Fax: 202-
693-3110 (neither telephone or fax are toll-free numbers); Email: 
kemp.jennifer.n@dol.gov. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments 
may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free 
Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of WIA is to provide employment 
assistance through statewide and local workforce investment programs 
that increase the employment opportunities, retention, and earnings of 
participants. WIA programs are intended to increase the occupational 
skills of participants and the quality of the workforce, thereby 
reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and 
competitiveness of the Nation's workforce.
    LLSIL is used for several purposes under WIA. WIA Section 101(25) 
defines the term ``low income individual'' for eligibility purposes, 
and Sections 127(b)(2)(C) and

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132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV) define ``disadvantaged youth'' and ``disadvantaged 
adult'' in terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for State formula 
allotments. The governor and State/local workforce investment boards 
(WIBs) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults 
for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/local WIBs to 
consult the WIA regulations and the preamble to the WIA Final Rule (65 
FR 49294, August 11, 2000) for more specific guidance in applying the 
LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) published the 2014 poverty-level guidelines in the 
Federal Register on January 22, 2014 (Volume 79, Number 14), pp. 3593-
3594 (available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm). ETA 
provides a hyperlink to the 2014 LLSIL Federal Register and updated 
LLSIL tables on its Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2014/.
    WIA Section 101(24) defines LLSIL as ``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.'' The 
Secretary issued the most recent lower living family budget in fall 
1981. The four-person urban family budget estimates, previously 
published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provided the 
basis for the Secretary to determine the LLSIL. BLS terminated the 
four-person family budget series in 1982, after publication of the fall 
1981 estimates. Currently, BLS provides data which ETA uses to develop 
the LLSIL tables, shown in the Appendices to this Federal Register 
notice.
    ETA published the 2013 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of March 19, 2013, at Vol. 78, No. 53, pp. 16871-16875. This notice 
updates the LLSIL to reflect cost-of-living increases for 2014, by 
calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2013 Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for an area, and applying 
this calculation to each of the March 19, 2013 LLSIL figures. The 
updated figures for a four-person family are listed in Appendix A, 
Table 1 by region for both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. 
Numbers in all Appendix tables are rounded up to the nearest dollar. 
Since program eligibility for low-income individuals, ``disadvantaged 
adults'' and ``disadvantaged youth'' may be determined by family income 
at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIA Sections 101(25), 
127(b)(2)(C), and 132(b)(1)(B)(v)(IV), respectively, those figures are 
listed as well.

I. Jurisdictions

    Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on 
the Census Regions defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, are as 
follows:

A. Northeast

Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
Virgin Islands

B. Midwest

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
North Dakota
Ohio
South Dakota
Wisconsin

C. South

Alabama
American Samoa
Arkansas
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Northern Marianas
Oklahoma
Palau
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Kentucky
Louisiana
Marshall Islands
Maryland
Micronesia
Mississippi
North Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia

D. West

Arizona
California
Colorado
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
Oregon
Utah
Washington
Wyoming

Additionally, separate figures have been provided for Alaska, Hawaii, 
and Guam as indicated in Appendix B, Table 2.
    For Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, the year 2014 figures were updated 
from the 2013 Regional indexes provided by BLS. Data on 23 selected 
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are also available. These are 
based on annual and semiannual CPI-U changes for a 12-month period 
ending in December 2013. The updated LLSIL figures for these MSAs and 
70 percent of LLSIL are reported in Appendix C, Table 3.
    Appendix D, Table 4 lists each of the various figures at 70 percent 
of the updated 2013 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. 
Tables 1-3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, but Table 4 can be 
used to separately determine the LLSIL for family incomes between one 
and six persons. For families larger than six persons, add the income 
level difference between the six-person and the five-person family 
income levels for each additional person in the family. Where the 
poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the 
corresponding 70 percent of the LLSIL figure, the figure is italicized.
    Appendix E, Table 5, shows 100 percent of the LLSIL for family 
sizes of one to six, and is used to determine self-sufficiency as noted 
at 20 CFR 663.230 of WIA regulation, and Section 134(d)(3)(A)(ii) of 
WIA. Modified Microsoft Excel tables for both Appendix E, Table 5 (with 
the area names) and Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, and the 
shaded areas where the poverty level is greater than the corresponding 
70 percent of the LLSIL figure, is available on the ETA LLSIL Web site 
at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil/2014/.

II. Use of These Data

    Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within 
the State from Appendices A, B, or C, containing Tables 1 through 3. 
Appendices D and E, contain Tables 4 and 5, which adjust a family of 
four figure for larger and smaller families, may be used with any LLSIL 
designated area. The governor's designation may be provided by 
disseminating information on MSAs and metropolitan and non-metropolitan 
areas within the State or it may involve further calculations. For 
example, the State of New Jersey has at least four LLSIL figures 
(Northeast metropolitan area, Northeast non-metropolitan area, and the 
New York and Philadelphia MSAs). An area may have more than one LLSIL 
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designation, if a workforce investment area has more than one LLSIL 
area designation, the governor may determine which is to be used.
    Under 20 CFR 661.110, a State's policies and measures for the 
workforce investment system shall be accepted by the Secretary to the 
extent that they are consistent with WIA and WIA regulations.

III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses

    Publication of the LLSIL is solely for WIA statutory and regulatory 
requirements. BLS has terminated the four-person urban family budget 
estimates series and has not revised the lower living family budget 
since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The CPI-U adjustments used to 
update LLSIL for this publication are not precisely comparable, (most 
notably because certain tax items were included in the 1981 LLSIL, but 
are not in the CPI-U). Thus, figures in this notice should not be used 
for any statistical purposes, and are valid only for those purposes 
under WIA as defined in the law and regulations.

Appendix A

  Table 1--Lower Living Standard Income Level \1\ (for a Family of Four
                           Persons) by Region
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    2014
                  Region \2\                      Adjusted    70 percent
                                                   LLSIL        LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast:
  Metro.......................................      $41,787      $29,251
  Non-Metro \3\...............................       41,374       28,962
Midwest:
  Metro.......................................       36,720       25,704
  Non-Metro...................................       35,711       24,998
South:
  Metro.......................................       38,293       26,805
  Non-Metro...................................       35,077       24,554
West:
  Metro.......................................       42,378       29,665
  Non-Metro \4\...............................       41,849       29,294
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ Metropolitan area measures were calculated from the weighted average
  CPI-U's for city size classes A and B/C. Non-metropolitan area
  measures were calculated from the CPI-U's for city size class D.
\3\ Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the Northeast region are
  no longer available. The Non-metropolitan percent change was
  calculated using the U.S. average CPI-U for city size class D.
\4\ Non-metropolitan area percent changes for the West region are based
  on unpublished BLS data.

Appendix B

  Table 2--Lower Living Standard Income Level \1\ (for a Family of Four
                  Persons), for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    2014
                  Region \2\                      Adjusted    70 Percent
                                                   LLSIL        LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska:
  Metro.......................................      $47,851      $33,496
  Non-Metro...................................       50,100       35,070
Hawaii, Guam:
  Metro.......................................       51,552       36,086
  Non-Metro...................................       53,485       37,440
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ Non-Metropolitan percent changes for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam were
  calculated from the CPI-U's for all urban consumers for city size
  class D in the Western Region. Generally the non-metro areas LLSIL is
  lower than the LLSIL in metro areas. This year the non-metro area
  LLSIL incomes were larger because the change in CPI-U was smaller in
  the metro areas compared to the change in CPI-U in the non-metro areas
  of Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.

Appendix C

  Table 3--Lower Living Standard Income Level \1\ (for a Family of Four
                     Persons), for 23 Selected MSAs
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    2014
     Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)        Adjusted    70 Percent
                                                   LLSIL        LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK.................................      $49,048      $34,333
Atlanta, GA...................................       33,801       23,660
Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT...........       44,629       31,241
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL/IN/WI................       37,829       26,481
Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH/KY/IN.................       35,824       25,077
Cleveland-Akron, OH...........................       37,425       26,198
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX..........................       34,005       23,804
Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO....................       37,771       26,440
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI...................       35,239       24,668
Honolulu, HI..................................       52,479       36,735
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX................       33,265       23,285
Kansas City, MO/KS............................       34,638       24,247
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.......       42,151       29,506
Milwaukee-Racine, WI..........................       36,055       25,238
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN/WI...................       36,142       25,300
New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY/NJ/CT/PA.       44,387       31,071
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA/NJ/        40,170       28,119
 DE/MD........................................
Pittsburgh, PA................................       43,968       30,778
St. Louis, MO/IL..............................       34,011       23,808
San Diego, CA.................................       45,635       31,945
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA............       43,714       30,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA..................       44,351       31,046
Washington-Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\.........       45,279       31,695
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ Baltimore and Washington are calculated as a single metropolitan
  statistical area.


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Appendix D

Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2014 Lower Living Standard Income Level 
(LLSIL), by Family Size

    To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for 
the WIA programs, begin by locating the region or metropolitan area 
where the program applicant resides. These are listed in Tables 1, 2 
and 3. After locating the appropriate region or metropolitan 
statistical area, find the 70 percent LLSIL amount for that 
location. The 70 percent LLSIL figures are listed in the last column 
to the right on each of the three tables. These figures apply to a 
family of four. Larger and smaller family eligibility is based on a 
percentage of the family of four. To determine eligibility for other 
size families consult Table 4 and the instructions below.
    To use Table 4, locate the 70 percent LLSIL value that applies 
to the individual's region or metropolitan area from Tables 1, 2 or 
3. Find the same number in the ``family of four'' column of Table 4. 
Move left or right across that row to the size that corresponds to 
the individual's family unit. That figure is the maximum household 
income the individual is permitted in order to qualify as 
economically disadvantaged under the WIA.
    Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is 
greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure is 
italicized. Individuals from these family sizes may consult the 2014 
HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and Human Services Web 
site at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm to find the higher 
eligibility standard. Individuals from Alaska and Hawaii should 
consult the HHS guidelines for the generally higher poverty levels 
that apply in their States.

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  Family of one      Family of two     Family of three     Family of four     Family of five     Family of six
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$8,390             $13,745            $18,865            $23,285            $27,481            $32,138
8,519              13,962             19,172             23,660             27,923             32,653
8,574              14,051             19,286             23,804             28,095             32,853
8,577              14,052             19,288             23,808             28,097             32,856
8,729              14,308             19,646             24,247             28,614             33,465
8,846              14,492             19,890             24,554             28,976             33,886
8,883              14,554             19,984             24,668             29,109             34,040
9,006              14,752             20,252             24,998             29,505             34,504
9,030              14,801             20,318             25,077             29,595             34,609
9,086              14,893             20,446             25,238             29,785             34,832
9,111              14,931             20,498             25,300             29,860             34,919
9,254              15,170             20,821             25,704             30,332             35,479
9,433              15,464             21,223             26,198             30,918             36,154
9,523              15,605             21,422             26,440             31,201             36,491
9,533              15,630             21,449             26,481             31,252             36,551
9,654              15,819             21,712             26,805             31,637             37,001
10,129             16,594             22,780             28,119             33,187             38,807
10,428             17,094             23,466             28,962             34,181             39,967
10,534             17,265             23,695             29,251             34,522             40,369
10,548             17,286             23,733             29,294             34,573             40,435
10,623             17,408             23,901             29,506             34,818             40,724
10,680             17,502             24,030             29,665             35,005             40,943
11,022             18,060             24,787             30,600             36,111             42,234
11,086             18,166             24,936             30,778             36,324             42,478
11,184             18,319             25,151             31,046             36,638             42,846
11,187             18,336             25,168             31,071             36,664             42,885
11,249             18,435             25,312             31,241             36,869             43,114
11,415             18,707             25,677             31,695             37,407             43,748
11,506             18,849             25,880             31,945             37,699             44,090
12,064             19,764             27,137             33,496             39,529             46,232
12,366             20,264             27,814             34,333             40,520             47,381
12,631             20,692             28,410             35,070             41,385             48,396
12,998             21,293             29,236             36,086             42,585             49,806
13,230             21,675             29,756             36,735             43,349             50,702
13,483             22,095             30,329             37,440             44,181             51,669
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Appendix E

Table 5: Updated 2014 LLSIL (100 percent), by Family Size

    To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing 
self-sufficiency criteria at the State or local level, begin by 
locating the metropolitan area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3 and 
then find the 2014 adjusted LLSIL amount for that location. These 
figures apply to a family of four. Locate the corresponding number 
in the family of four in the column below. Move left or right across 
that row to the individual's family unit. That figure is the minimum 
figure that States must set for determining whether employment leads 
to self-sufficiency under WIA programs.

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  Family of one      Family of two     Family of three     Family of four     Family of five     Family of six
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$11,985            $19,635            $26,949            $33,265            $39,258            $45,911
12,170             19,945             27,389             33,801             39,890             46,647
12,249             20,073             27,552             34,005             40,136             46,933
12,253             20,074             27,555             34,011             40,139             46,937
12,470             20,440             28,065             34,638             40,878             47,807
12,637             20,703             28,415             35,077             41,394             48,409
12,691             20,792             28,549             35,239             41,585             48,629
12,866             21,074             28,931             35,711             42,150             49,291
12,900             21,144             29,026             35,824             42,278             49,442
12,980             21,275             29,208             36,055             42,550             49,760
13,016             21,329             29,283             36,142             42,657             49,885

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13,221             21,671             29,745             36,720             43,331             50,684
13,476             22,091             30,318             37,425             44,169             51,648
13,604             22,292             30,603             37,771             44,572             52,130
13,619             22,328             30,641             37,829             44,646             52,215
13,792             22,598             31,017             38,293             45,196             52,858
14,469             23,706             32,542             40,170             47,411             55,439
14,898             24,420             33,523             41,374             48,830             57,096
15,049             24,664             33,850             41,787             49,317             57,670
15,068             24,694             33,905             41,849             49,390             57,764
15,176             24,869             34,144             42,151             49,740             58,177
15,258             25,003             34,329             42,378             50,008             58,490
15,745             25,800             35,410             43,714             51,588             60,335
15,836             25,951             35,622             43,968             51,891             60,683
15,976             26,170             35,930             44,351             52,340             61,208
15,982             26,195             35,955             44,387             52,377             61,265
16,070             26,336             36,160             44,629             52,670             61,591
16,307             26,724             36,682             45,279             53,439             62,497
16,438             26,927             36,971             45,635             53,855             62,986
17,235             28,235             38,767             47,851             56,470             66,046
17,666             28,949             39,734             49,048             57,886             67,688
18,044             29,560             40,585             50,100             59,121             69,138
18,569             30,419             41,765             51,552             60,836             71,152
18,900             30,965             42,508             52,479             61,928             72,431
19,261             31,564             43,327             53,485             63,116             73,813
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Eric Seleznow,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2014-06748 Filed 3-26-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-FT-P