Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2014; Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), 16217-16223 [2016-06764]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices To submit comments: Send them to: By mail ......... Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, D.C. 20044–7611. During the public comment period, the Consent Decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: https:// www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the Consent Decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ— ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $13.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper copy without the exhibits and signature pages, the cost is $5.25. Robert E. Maher, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2016–06789 Filed 3–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE National Institute of Corrections asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Advisory Board; Notice of Meeting This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Advisory Board. The meeting will be open to the public. Name of the Committee: NIC Advisory Board. General Function of the Committee: To aid the National Institute of Corrections in developing long-range plans, advise on program development, and to support NIC’s efforts in the areas of training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/ program development assistance to Federal, state, and local corrections agencies. Date and Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016. 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016. Location: National Institute of Corrections, 500 First Street NW., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20534, (202) 514–4222. Contact Person: Shaina Vanek, Executive Assistant, National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street NW., Room 5002, Washington, DC 20534. To contact Ms. Vanek, please call (202) 514–4222. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 Agenda: On May 5–6, 2016, the Advisory Board will hear updates on the following topics: (1) Agency Report from the NIC Director, (2) a briefing from NIC Jails Division on current activities and future goals, (3) submission and discussion of the final report from the Staff Wellness Subcommittee, and (4) partner agency updates. Procedure: On May 5–6, 2016, the meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on May 5, 2016 and between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on May 6, 2016. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before April 27, 2016. General Information: NIC welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Shaina Vanek at least 7 days in advance of the meeting. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2). Jim Cosby, Director, National Institute of Corrections. [FR Doc. 2016–06625 Filed 3–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–36–M DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2014; Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Title I of WIOA (Pub. L.113– 128) 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). WIOA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16217 defines the term ‘‘low income individual’’ as one who qualifies under various criteria, including an individual in a family with total family income for 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 2016 and references the current 2016 Health and Human Services ‘‘Poverty Guidelines.’’ DATES: This notice is effective March 25, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS ON LLSIL: Please contact Samuel Wright, 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 (these are not 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, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–3377; Fax: 202–693–3113 (these are not 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 WIOA is to provide workforce investment activities through statewide and local workforce investment systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants. WIOA programs are intended to increase the occupational skill attainment by participants and the quality of the workforce, thereby reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation. LLSIL is used for several purposes under the WIOA. Specifically, WIOA SEC.3(36) (A)(B)defines the term ‘‘low income individual’’ for eligibility purposes, and SEC.127(b)(2)(c), SEC.132(b)(1)(B)(IV),(V)(bb) define the terms ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged adult’’ in terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for State formula allotments. The governor and state/local E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 16218 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices workforce development boards (WDs) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/ local boards to consult the WIOA regulations and the preamble to the WIOA Final Rule for more specific guidance in applying LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the most current povertylevel guidelines in the Federal Register on January 25, 2016 (Volume 81, Number 15), pp. 4036–4037. The HHS 2016 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the Internet at https://aspe. hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA plans to have the 2016 LLSIL available on its Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil. WIOA Section 3(36)(B) 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 most recent lower living family budget was issued by the Secretary 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 to ETA, which ETA then uses to develop the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices to this Federal Register notice. ETA published the 2015 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of March 27, 2015, at Vol. 80, No.59 pp. 16450–16456. Last year, ETA also published a correction to three Regions in the Federal Register of July 16, 2015 at Vol. 80, No. 136 pp. 42123–42124. These notices again update the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2015, by calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2014 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for an area to the 2015 CPI–U, and then applying this calculation to each of the March 27, 2015 LLSIL figures. This year, a Region and several metro areas had a negative CPI–U due mostly to the decline in gas prices. 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 of the Appendix tables are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Since program eligibility for low-income individuals, ‘‘disadvantaged adults’’ and ‘‘disadvantaged youth’’ may be VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 determined by family income at 70 percent of the LLSIL, pursuant to WIOA Section 3 (36)(A)(ii) and Section 3(36)(B), respectively, those figures are listed as well. I. Jurisdictions Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on the Census Regions of 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 2016 figures were updated from the 2015 ‘‘State Index’’ based on the ratio of the urban change in the state (using Anchorage for Alaska and Honolulu for Hawaii and Guam) compared to the West regional metropolitan change, and then applying that index to the West regional metropolitan change. 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 2015. 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 2015 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. Because Tables 1–3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, Table 4 can be used to separately determine the LLSIL for families of between one and six persons. For families larger than six persons, an amount equal to the difference between the six-person and the five-person family income levels should be added to the six-person family income level for PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 shaded. A modified Microsoft Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, will be available on the ETA LLSIL Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil. Appendix E, Table 5, indicates 100 percent of LLSIL for family sizes of one to six, and is used to determine self-sufficiency as noted at Section 3 (36)(a)(ii) and Section 3 (36)(B),(C)(ii) in WIOA. II. Use of These Data Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within the State from Appendices A, B, and C, containing Tables 1 through 3. Appendices D and E, which 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 may have four or more LLSIL figures for Northeast metropolitan, Northeast nonmetropolitan, portions of the state in the New York City MSA, and those in the Philadelphia MSA. If a workforce investment area includes areas that would be covered by more than one LLSIL figure, the governor may determine which is to be used. 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 WIOA and WIOA regulations. III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses It should be noted that publication of these figures is only for the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIOA as defined in the law and regulations. BLS has not revised the lower living family budget since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The fourperson urban family budget estimates series has been terminated. 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, these figures should not be used for any statistical purposes, and are valid only for those purposes under WIOA as defined in the law and regulations. E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 16219 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices Appendix A TABLE 1—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS) BY REGION 1 2015 adjusted LLSIL Region 2 Northeast: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ....................................................................................................................................................... Midwest: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... South: * Metro ............................................................................................................................................................... Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... * West: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 4 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $ 42,164 41,826 $ 29,514 29,279 36,977 35,740 25,884 25,018 35,803 35,568 25,062 24,898 41,048 40,580 28,734 28,406 * The South Metro Region and the West Metro and Non-Metro Regions 2015 LLSIL were adjusted. 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 (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR ALASKA, HAWAII AND GUAM 1 2015 adjusted LLSIL Region 1 Alaska: Metro 2 .............................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ....................................................................................................................................................... Hawaii, Guam: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $ 47,899 52,482 $ 33,529 36,737 52,587 56,028 36,811 39,220 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. CPI–U change was negative. 3 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. 2 The Appendix C TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1 2016 adjusted LLSIL asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) 1 Anchorage, AK 2 ...................................................................................................................................................... Atlanta, GA 2 ............................................................................................................................................................ 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 2 ................................................................................................................................ Honolulu, HI ............................................................................................................................................................. Houston—Galveston—Brazoria, TX ........................................................................................................................ Kansas City, MO/KS ................................................................................................................................................ Los Angeles—Riverside—Orange County, CA 2 ..................................................................................................... Milwaukee—Racine, WI ........................................................................................................................................... Minneapolis—St. Paul, MN/WI ................................................................................................................................ New York—Northern NJ—Long Island, NY/NJ/CT/PA 2 ......................................................................................... Philadelphia—Wilmington—Atlantic City, PA/NJ/DE/MD ........................................................................................ Pittsburgh, PA .......................................................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 $49,096 34,370 45,346 38,019 36,435 37,800 34,141 38,913 35,202 53,532 34,842 35,159 42,146 36,705 36,942 45,008 40,855 44,940 70 percent LLSIL $34,367 24,059 31,742 26,613 25,505 26,460 23,899 27,239 24,641 37,473 24,389 24,612 29,502 25,694 25,859 31,506 28,599 31,458 16220 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1— Continued 2016 adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) 1 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 2 The 34,557 46,922 45,389 45,018 45,551 70 percent LLSIL 24,190 32,846 31,772 31,512 31,885 ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. CPI–U change was negative. and Washington are calculated as a single metropolitan statistical area. 2 Baltimore Appendix D asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2015 Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), by Family Size To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for the WIOA 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 economically disadvantaged under the WIOA. Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure appears in a shaded block. Individuals from these size families may consult the 2016 HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and Human Services Web site at https:// aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines 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. E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 16221 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices Family Family Family Family Family Family Of One of Two of Three of Four of Five of Six 32 985 33 203 33 661 29 045 33 969 29 078 34 004 29 382 34 361 29 530 34 533 29 579 34 595 30 100 35 200 30 322 35 460 30 520 35 692 30 544 35 727 31 228 36 516 31 408 36 733 32 144 37 594 33 526 39 209 33 754 39 469 33 906 39 658 17 281 34 555 40 404 17 406 34 813 40 719 17 421 34 833 40 733 37 127 43 418 37 177 43 485 37 189 43 490 37 461 43 806 25 718 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 31 742 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 EN25MR16.325</GPH> 33 383 28 783 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 28 548 16222 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices Appendix E Table 5: Updated 2015 LLSIL (100 Percent), by Family Size To use the LLSIL to determine the minimum level for establishing selfsufficiency criteria at the State or local level, begin by locating the metropolitan area or region from Table 1, 2 or 3. Then locate the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area and then find the 2015 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 size that corresponds 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 WIOA programs. Family of two Family of three Family of four Family of five Family of six 12,298 12,375 12,450 12,554 12,657 12,677 12,815 12,879 12,895 13,120 13,214 13,304 13,313 13,611 13,687 14,015 14,611 14,716 14,778 15,061 15,174 15,185 16,187 16,206 16,217 16,328 16,349 16,405 16,901 17,252 17,683 18,902 18,942 19,279 20,153 20,281 20,397 20,566 20,748 20,770 20,993 21,087 21,129 21,505 21,659 21,801 21,823 22,312 22,440 22,966 23,946 24,111 24,219 24,687 24,866 24,886 26,525 26,561 26,563 26,758 26,789 26,885 27,686 28,263 28,977 30,965 31,030 31,586 27,662 27,850 27,997 28,227 28,488 28,518 28,813 28,953 29,000 29,522 29,735 29,931 29,953 30,622 30,794 31,528 32,877 33,098 33,252 33,890 34,140 34,156 36,410 36,458 36,470 36,741 36,767 36,902 38,013 38,805 39,773 42,515 42,604 43,361 34,141 34,370 34,557 34,842 35,159 35,202 35,568 35,740 35,803 36,435 36,705 36,942 36,977 37,800 38,019 38,913 40,580 40,855 41,048 41,826 42,146 42,164 44,940 45,008 45,018 45,346 45,389 45,551 46,922 47,899 49,096 52,482 52,587 53,532 40,296 40,561 40,783 41,119 41,493 41,540 41,974 42,186 42,256 43,000 43,318 43,600 43,634 44,611 44,869 45,920 47,894 48,219 48,438 49,364 49,734 49,762 53,039 53,110 53,127 53,516 53,564 53,760 55,374 56,526 57,944 61,932 62,058 63,171 47,121 47,433 47,691 48,087 48,527 48,577 49,087 49,333 49,421 50,285 50,658 50,989 51,039 52,166 52,476 53,705 56,013 56,385 56,654 57,720 58,170 58,190 62,025 62,122 62,128 62,580 62,646 62,872 64,762 66,111 67,755 72,425 72,580 73,885 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 EN25MR16.326</GPH> asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Family of one 16223 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Notices Family of one Family of two Family of three Family of four Family of five Family of six 20,177 33,065 45,387 56,028 66,117 77,322 Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–06764 Filed 3–24–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2016–0009] Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Announcement of special meeting of the ACCSH. AGENCY: ACCSH will hold a special meeting April 25–26, 2016, in Washington, DC, to draft a construction version of OSHA’s planned Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. SUMMARY: ACCSH meeting: ACCSH will meet from 1 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2016, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Submit (postmark, send, transmit) comments, requests to address the ACCSH meeting, speaker presentations (written or electronic), and requests for special accommodations for the ACCSH meeting, by April 15, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submission of comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations for the ACCSH meeting: Submit comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations for the ACCSH meeting, using one of the following methods: Electronically: Submit materials, including attachments, electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the on-line instructions for submissions. Facsimile (Fax): If the submission, including attachments, does not exceed 10 pages, you may fax it to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648. Regular mail, express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier) service: Submit materials to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA–2016–0009, Room N–2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–2350 (TTY (877) 889–5627). OSHA’s Docket Office accepts deliveries asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 (hand deliveries, express mail, and messenger service) during normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m., e.t., weekdays. Instructions: Submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register notice (Docket No. OSHA–2016–0009). Due to security-related procedures, submissions by regular mail may experience significant delays. Please contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security procedures for making submissions. For additional information on submitting comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. OSHA will post comments, requests to speak, and speaker presentations, including any personal information provided, without change, at: http:// www.regulations.gov. Therefore, OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such as Social Security numbers and birthdates. Location of the ACCSH meeting: ACCSH will meet in Room N–3437 A– C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Requests for special accommodations: Please submit requests for special accommodations to attend the ACCSH meeting to Ms. Gretta Jameson, OSHA, Office of Communications, Room N– 3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: jameson.grettah@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, Room N–3647, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov. For general information about ACCSH and ACCSH meetings: Mr. Damon Bonneau, OSHA, Directorate of Construction, Room N–3468, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–2020; email: bonneau.damon@dol.gov. Copies of this Federal Register notice: Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at: http:// www.regulations.gov. This notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, also are available on the PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OSHA Web page at: http:// www.osha.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ACCSH Meeting Background: ACCSH will meet April 25–26, 2016, in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public. OSHA transcribes ACCSH meetings and prepares detailed minutes of meetings. OSHA places the transcript and minutes in the public docket for the meeting. The docket also includes speaker presentations, comments, and other materials submitted to ACCSH. ACCSH advises the Secretary of Labor and the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (Assistant Secretary) in the formulation of standards affecting the construction industry, and on policy matters arising in the administration of the safety and health provisions under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (Construction Safety Act (CSA)) (40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 et seq.) (see also 29 CFR 1911.10 and 1912.3). In addition, the OSH Act and CSA require that the Assistant Secretary consult with ACCSH before the Agency proposes any occupational safety and health standard affecting construction activities (29 CFR 1911.10; 40 U.S.C. 3704). Meeting agenda: The tentative agenda for this meeting includes: • Assistant Secretary’s remarks; • Drafting of the construction version of the OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines; and, • Public Comment Period. Attending the meeting: Individuals attending the meeting at the U.S. Department of Labor must enter the building at the visitors’ entrance, 3rd and C Streets, NW., and pass through building security. Attendees must have valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license) to enter the building. For additional information about building-security measures for attending ACCSH meetings, please contact Ms. Jameson (see ‘‘Requests for special accommodations’’ in the ADDRESSES section of this notice). Requests to speak and speaker presentations: Attendees who want to address ACCSH at the meeting must submit a request to speak, as well as any written or electronic presentation, by E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 58 (Friday, March 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16217-16223]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-06764]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2014; Lower 
Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL)

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Title I of WIOA (Pub. L.113-128) 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). WIOA defines the term ``low income individual'' as one who 
qualifies under various criteria, including an individual in a family 
with total family income for 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 2016 and references 
the current 2016 Health and Human Services ``Poverty Guidelines.''

DATES: This notice is effective March 25, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS ON LLSIL: Please contact Samuel 
Wright, 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 (these are not 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, Department of Labor, 
Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Room N-4464, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-3377; Fax: 202-
693-3113 (these are not 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 WIOA is to provide workforce 
investment activities through statewide and local workforce investment 
systems that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of 
participants. WIOA programs are intended to increase the occupational 
skill attainment by participants and the quality of the workforce, 
thereby reducing welfare dependency and enhancing the productivity and 
competitiveness of the Nation.
    LLSIL is used for several purposes under the WIOA. Specifically, 
WIOA SEC.3(36) (A)(B)defines the term ``low income individual'' for 
eligibility purposes, and SEC.127(b)(2)(c), 
SEC.132(b)(1)(B)(IV),(V)(bb) define the terms ``disadvantaged youth'' 
and ``disadvantaged adult'' in terms of the poverty line or LLSIL for 
State formula allotments. The governor and state/local

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workforce development boards (WDs) use the LLSIL for determining 
eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages 
governors and State/local boards to consult the WIOA regulations and 
the preamble to the WIOA Final Rule for more specific guidance in 
applying LLSIL to program requirements. The U.S. Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS) published the most current poverty-level 
guidelines in the Federal Register on January 25, 2016 (Volume 81, 
Number 15), pp. 4036-4037. The HHS 2016 Poverty guidelines may also be 
found on the Internet at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA 
plans to have the 2016 LLSIL available on its Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil.
    WIOA Section 3(36)(B) 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 most recent lower living family budget was issued by the Secretary 
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 to ETA, which ETA then 
uses to develop the LLSIL tables, as provided in the Appendices to this 
Federal Register notice.
    ETA published the 2015 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of March 27, 2015, at Vol. 80, No.59 pp. 16450-16456. Last year, ETA 
also published a correction to three Regions in the Federal Register of 
July 16, 2015 at Vol. 80, No. 136 pp. 42123-42124. These notices again 
update the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2015, by 
calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2014 Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for an area to the 2015 
CPI-U, and then applying this calculation to each of the March 27, 2015 
LLSIL figures. This year, a Region and several metro areas had a 
negative CPI-U due mostly to the decline in gas prices.
    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 of the 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 WIOA Section 3 
(36)(A)(ii) and Section 3(36)(B), respectively, those figures are 
listed as well.

I. Jurisdictions

    Jurisdictions included in the various regions, based generally on 
the Census Regions of 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 2016 figures were updated 
from the 2015 ``State Index'' based on the ratio of the urban change in 
the state (using Anchorage for Alaska and Honolulu for Hawaii and Guam) 
compared to the West regional metropolitan change, and then applying 
that index to the West regional metropolitan change.
    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 2015. 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 2015 LLSIL for family sizes of one to six persons. 
Because Tables 1-3 only list the LLSIL for a family of four, Table 4 
can be used to separately determine the LLSIL for families of between 
one and six persons. For families larger than six persons, an amount 
equal to the difference between the six-person and the five-person 
family income levels should be added to the six-person family income 
level 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 shaded. A modified Microsoft 
Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names, will be 
available on the ETA LLSIL Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil. 
Appendix E, Table 5, indicates 100 percent of LLSIL for family sizes of 
one to six, and is used to determine self-sufficiency as noted at 
Section 3 (36)(a)(ii) and Section 3 (36)(B),(C)(ii) in WIOA.

II. Use of These Data

    Governors should designate the appropriate LLSILs for use within 
the State from Appendices A, B, and C, containing Tables 1 through 3. 
Appendices D and E, which 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 may have four or more LLSIL figures 
for Northeast metropolitan, Northeast non-metropolitan, portions of the 
state in the New York City MSA, and those in the Philadelphia MSA. If a 
workforce investment area includes areas that would be covered by more 
than one LLSIL figure, the governor may determine which is to be used.
    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 WIOA and WIOA regulations.

III. Disclaimer on Statistical Uses

    It should be noted that publication of these figures is only for 
the purpose of meeting the requirements specified by WIOA as defined in 
the law and regulations. BLS has not revised the lower living family 
budget since 1981, and has no plans to do so. The four-person urban 
family budget estimates series has been terminated. 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, these figures should not be 
used for any statistical purposes, and are valid only for those 
purposes under WIOA as defined in the law and regulations.

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Appendix A

    Table 1--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                         Persons) by Region \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2015 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \2\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast:                                ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................        $ 42,164        $ 29,514
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          41,826          29,279
Midwest:                                  ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................          36,977          25,884
    Non-Metro...........................          35,740          25,018
South:                                    ..............  ..............
    * Metro.............................          35,803          25,062
    Non-Metro...........................          35,568          24,898
* West:                                   ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................          41,048          28,734
    Non-Metro \4\.......................          40,580          28,406
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* The South Metro Region and the West Metro and Non-Metro Regions 2015
  LLSIL were adjusted.
\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 (for a Family of Four
                Persons), for Alaska, Hawaii and Guam \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2015 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \1\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska:
    Metro \2\...........................        $ 47,899        $ 33,529
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          52,482          36,737
Hawaii, Guam:
    Metro...............................          52,587          36,811
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          56,028          39,220
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ The CPI-U change was negative.
\3\ 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 (for a Family of Four
                   Persons), for 23 Selected MSAs \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)    2016 adjusted    70 percent
                   \1\                         LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK \2\.......................         $49,096         $34,367
Atlanta, GA \2\.........................          34,370          24,059
Boston--Brockton--Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT...          45,346          31,742
Chicago--Gary--Kenosha, IL/IN/WI........          38,019          26,613
Cincinnati--Hamilton, OH/KY/IN..........          36,435          25,505
Cleveland--Akron, OH....................          37,800          26,460
Dallas--Ft. Worth, TX...................          34,141          23,899
Denver--Boulder--Greeley, CO............          38,913          27,239
Detroit--Ann Arbor--Flint, MI \2\.......          35,202          24,641
Honolulu, HI............................          53,532          37,473
Houston--Galveston--Brazoria, TX........          34,842          24,389
Kansas City, MO/KS......................          35,159          24,612
Los Angeles--Riverside--Orange County,            42,146          29,502
 CA \2\.................................
Milwaukee--Racine, WI...................          36,705          25,694
Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN/WI............          36,942          25,859
New York--Northern NJ--Long Island, NY/           45,008          31,506
 NJ/CT/PA \2\...........................
Philadelphia--Wilmington--Atlantic City,          40,855          28,599
 PA/NJ/DE/MD............................
Pittsburgh, PA..........................          44,940          31,458

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St. Louis, MO/IL........................          34,557          24,190
San Diego, CA...........................          46,922          32,846
San Francisco--Oakland--San Jose, CA....          45,389          31,772
Seattle--Tacoma--Bremerton, WA..........          45,018          31,512
Washington--Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\..          45,551          31,885
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest
  dollar.
\2\ The CPI-U change was negative.
\2\ Baltimore and Washington are calculated as a single metropolitan
  statistical area.

Appendix D

Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2015 Lower Living Standard Income Level 
(LLSIL), by Family Size

    To use the 70 percent LLSIL value, where it is stipulated for 
the WIOA 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 WIOA.
    Where the HHS poverty level for a particular family size is 
greater than the corresponding LLSIL figure, the LLSIL figure 
appears in a shaded block. Individuals from these size families may 
consult the 2016 HHS poverty guidelines found on the Health and 
Human Services Web site at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines 
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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Appendix E

Table 5: Updated 2015 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. Then 
locate the appropriate region or metropolitan statistical area and 
then find the 2015 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 size that corresponds 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 WIOA 
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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         12,298             20,153             27,662             34,141             40,296             47,121
         12,375             20,281             27,850             34,370             40,561             47,433
         12,450             20,397             27,997             34,557             40,783             47,691
         12,554             20,566             28,227             34,842             41,119             48,087
         12,657             20,748             28,488             35,159             41,493             48,527
         12,677             20,770             28,518             35,202             41,540             48,577
         12,815             20,993             28,813             35,568             41,974             49,087
         12,879             21,087             28,953             35,740             42,186             49,333
         12,895             21,129             29,000             35,803             42,256             49,421
         13,120             21,505             29,522             36,435             43,000             50,285
         13,214             21,659             29,735             36,705             43,318             50,658
         13,304             21,801             29,931             36,942             43,600             50,989
         13,313             21,823             29,953             36,977             43,634             51,039
         13,611             22,312             30,622             37,800             44,611             52,166
         13,687             22,440             30,794             38,019             44,869             52,476
         14,015             22,966             31,528             38,913             45,920             53,705
         14,611             23,946             32,877             40,580             47,894             56,013
         14,716             24,111             33,098             40,855             48,219             56,385
         14,778             24,219             33,252             41,048             48,438             56,654
         15,061             24,687             33,890             41,826             49,364             57,720
         15,174             24,866             34,140             42,146             49,734             58,170
         15,185             24,886             34,156             42,164             49,762             58,190
         16,187             26,525             36,410             44,940             53,039             62,025
         16,206             26,561             36,458             45,008             53,110             62,122
         16,217             26,563             36,470             45,018             53,127             62,128
         16,328             26,758             36,741             45,346             53,516             62,580
         16,349             26,789             36,767             45,389             53,564             62,646
         16,405             26,885             36,902             45,551             53,760             62,872
         16,901             27,686             38,013             46,922             55,374             64,762
         17,252             28,263             38,805             47,899             56,526             66,111
         17,683             28,977             39,773             49,096             57,944             67,755
         18,902             30,965             42,515             52,482             61,932             72,425
         18,942             31,030             42,604             52,587             62,058             72,580
         19,279             31,586             43,361             53,532             63,171             73,885

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         20,177             33,065             45,387             56,028             66,117             77,322
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Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration.
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