Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2017; Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL), 23595-23601 [2017-10496]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices In this action, the United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, together with the State of Texas, filed a Complaint and proposed Consent Decree pertaining to Clean Air Act violations at a bulk chemical storage tank facility located on the Houston Ship Channel that is owned and operated by Vopak Terminals North America Inc. and Vopak Logistic By order of the Commission. Services USA Inc. (collectively, Issued: May 17, 2017. ‘‘Vopak’’). In the joint Complaint, the Lisa R. Barton, U.S. and the State of Texas allege Secretary to the Commission. violations of (1) the New Source [FR Doc. 2017–10476 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] Performance Standards (‘‘NSPS’’) BILLING CODE 7020–02–P requirements under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act (‘‘CAA’’) and the implementing regulations, promulgated DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE at 40 CFR part 60, subparts A, Ka, and Kb; (2) the National Emission Standards Foreign Claims Settlement for Hazardous Air Pollutants Commission requirements under Section 112 of the [F.C.S.C. Meeting and Hearing Notice No. CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7412, and the 5–17] implementing regulations promulgated at 40 CFR part 63, subparts A, DD, and Sunshine Act Meeting EEEE; (3) the operating permit requirements of Title V of the CAA, and The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, pursuant to its regulations the implementing regulations; (4) the federally enforceable Texas State (45 CFR part 503.25) and the Implementation Plan; and (5) the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 Facility’s operating permit, issued by U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in the Texas Commission on regard to the scheduling of open Environmental Quality. meetings as follows: Under the proposed settlement, WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017: 10:00 a.m.— Vopak agrees to pay $2.5 million in civil Issuance of Proposed Decisions in penalties, split evenly between the claims against Iraq. United States and the State of Texas and STATUS: Open. $40,000 in attorney’s fees to the State of All meetings are held at the Foreign Texas. In addition, the settlement Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E requires Vopak to implement a range of Street NW., Washington, DC. Requests injunctive relief measures, including: (1) for information, or advance notices of Constructing and operating a flare and intention to observe an open meeting, other emission controls at its may be directed to: Patricia M. Hall, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, wastewater treatment system; (2) implementing an advanced tank 600 E Street NW., Suite 6002, inspection program at its tank terminal; Washington, DC 20579. Telephone: (3) engaging a third party auditor to (202) 616–6975. review Vopak’s waste minimization Brian M. Simkin, practices and to monitor Vopak’s Chief Counsel. compliance with the settlement; and (4) [FR Doc. 2017–10665 Filed 5–19–17; 4:45 pm] undertaking various other measures to BILLING CODE 4410–BA–P bring the facility into compliance with the Clean Air Act. The publication of this notice opens DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE a period for public comment on the consent decree. Comments should be Notice of Lodging of Proposed addressed to the Acting Assistant Consent Decree Under the Clean Air Attorney General, Environment and Act Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States and State of Texas On May 17, 2017, the Department of v. Vopak Terminal Deer Park Inc. and Justice lodged a proposed consent Vopak Logistics Services USA Inc., Civil decree with the United States District Action No. 4:17–cv–1518, D.J. Ref. No. Court for the Southern District of Texas in the lawsuit entitled United States and 90–5–2–1–11406. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days State of Texas v. Vopak Terminal Deer after the publication date of this notice. Park Inc. and Vopak Logistics Services Comments may be submitted either by USA Inc., Civil Action No. 4:17–cv– email or by mail: 1518. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES United States Trade Representative on the day of its issuance. The authority for the Commission’s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in Part 210 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR part 210). VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23595 To submit comments: Send them to: By email ....... pubcomment-ees.enrd@ usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. By mail ......... 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 $24.50 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. Thomas P. Carroll, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2017–10467 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2017; Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 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 2017 and references the current 2017 Health and Human Services ‘‘Poverty Guidelines.’’ SUMMARY: This issuance is effective May 23, 2017. For Further Information or Questions on LLSIL: Please contact Samuel Wright, DATES: E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 23596 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices 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 Sara Hastings, Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N– 4508, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–3377; Fax: 202– 693–3599 (these are not toll-free numbers); Email:hastings.sara@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 (Pub. L. 113–128) 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 workforce development boards (WDB) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/ local boards to consult 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 31, 2017 (Volume 82, Number 19), pp. 8831–8832. The HHS 2017 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the Internet at https:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA plans to have the 2017 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 2016 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register of March 25, 2016, at Vol. 81, No. 58 pp. 16217–16223. This notice updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2016, by calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2015 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) for an area to the 2016 CPI–U, and then applying this calculation to each of the March 25, 2016 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 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. PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 2017 figures were updated from the 2016 ‘‘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 average CPI–U changes for a 12-month period ending in December 2016. 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 2016 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. On the ETA LLSIL Web site at http:// www.doleta.gov/llsil, a modified Microsoft Excel version of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names and the LLSILs, that are lower than the Poverty level at a given family size will be shaded; will be available. 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 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 23597 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices 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. Appendix A TABLE 1—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS) BY REGION 1 2017 adjusted LLSIL Region 1 Northeast: 2 Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 3 ....................................................................................................................................................... Midwest: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... South: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro ......................................................................................................................................................... West: Metro ................................................................................................................................................................. Non-Metro 4 ....................................................................................................................................................... 70 percent LLSIL $42,965 42,370 $30,075 29,659 37,679 36,312 26,376 25,418 36,555 35,995 25,588 25,197 42,033 41,838 29,423 29,287 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. 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. 2 Metropolitan Appendix B TABLE 2—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR ALASKA, HAWAII AND GUAM 1 2017 adjusted LLSIL Region 1 Alaska: Metro ........................................................................................................................................................................ Non-Metro 2 .............................................................................................................................................................. Hawaii, Guam: Metro ........................................................................................................................................................................ Non-Metro 2 .............................................................................................................................................................. 70 percent LLSIL $48,090 54,109 $33,663 37,876 53,638 57,765 37,547 40,436 1 For ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. 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 Non-Metropolitan sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Appendix C TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1 2017 adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) 1 Anchorage, AK ......................................................................................................................................................... Atlanta, GA .............................................................................................................................................................. Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT ............................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 $49,293 34,954 46,026 70 percent LLSIL $34,505 24,468 32,218 23598 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices TABLE 3—LOWER LIVING STANDARD INCOME LEVEL (FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR PERSONS), FOR 23 SELECTED MSAS 1— Continued 2017 adjusted LLSIL Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) 1 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 38,045 36,945 37,876 34,653 40,002 35,765 54,603 35,399 35,441 42,947 36,926 37,533 45,503 41,101 45,659 34,834 47,861 46,750 46,008 46,097 70 percent LLSIL 26,632 25,862 26,513 24,257 28,002 25,035 38,222 24,779 24,808 30,063 25,848 26,273 31,852 28,770 31,962 24,384 33,502 32,725 32,206 32,268 ease of use, these figures are rounded to the next highest dollar. and Washington are calculated as a single metropolitan statistical area. 2 Baltimore Appendix D sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2016 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 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 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 00078 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 2017 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\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 23599 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices Family Family Family Family Family Family Of One of Two of Three of Four of Five of Six 33480 33650 33767 29543 34548 29734 34773 25418 30002 35086 20727 25588 30201 35321 20940 25848 30504 35673 20954 25862 30521 35693 21287 26273 31009 36263 21365 26376 31124 36406 21478 26513 31290 36589 21571 26632 31430 36759 16526 22687 28002 33044 38646 16979 23307 28770 33956 39706 17282 23727 29287 34565 40425 17360 23835 29423 34720 40610 17505 24031 29659 35004 40930 17737 24352 30063 35475 41493 17752 24363 30075 35495 41507 18797 25801 31852 37586 43963 18865 25895 31962 37721 44112 19003 26091 32206 38007 44446 19012 26104 32218 38023 44463 PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 EN23MY17.004</GPH> 34241 20591 Jkt 241001 29278 25197 21:15 May 22, 2017 34200 25035 VerDate Sep<11>2014 29244 24808 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 24779 23600 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / 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 2017 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 12482 12550 12585 12754 12759 12880 12968 13085 13166 13293 13304 13517 13566 13638 13697 14407 14805 15064 15133 15256 15462 15473 16384 16446 16572 16573 16602 16839 17239 17321 17754 19321 19488 19665 20455 20560 20626 20895 20914 21102 21245 21425 21573 21789 21806 22150 22237 22357 22456 23609 24255 24688 24800 25008 25339 25359 26853 26950 27160 27148 27207 27592 28240 28376 29093 31650 31925 32218 28077 28221 28324 28678 28716 28974 29159 29416 29609 29914 29935 30410 30522 30684 30816 32411 33296 33896 34050 34330 34789 34805 36859 36993 37292 37272 37345 37870 38774 38960 39932 43456 43833 44229 34653 34834 34954 35399 35441 35765 35995 36312 36555 36926 36945 37533 37679 37876 38045 40002 41101 41838 42033 42370 42947 42965 45503 45659 46026 46008 46097 46750 47861 48090 49293 53638 54109 54603 40901 41110 41251 41777 41825 42205 42478 42861 43144 43577 43602 44298 44463 44700 44900 47205 48509 49378 49600 50006 50678 50707 53694 53888 54318 54295 54405 55171 56481 56752 58175 63299 63852 64434 47828 48072 48239 48857 48915 49354 49676 50123 50459 50962 50989 51804 52008 52270 52513 55209 56723 57750 58014 58471 59275 59295 62805 63018 63518 63495 63627 64526 66057 66376 68026 74032 74670 75363 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 EN23MY17.005</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Family of one Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices 23601 Family of one Family of two Family of three Family of four Family of five Family of six 20802 34090 46794 57765 68167 79719 Signed at Washington, DC, this 14 of April, 2017. Byron Zuidema, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–10496 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FT–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Workforce Information Advisory Council Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 308 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) notice is hereby given that the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) will meet on June 21 and 22, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Janet Norwood Training and Conference Center in Washington, DC. The WIAC was established in accordance with provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, and will act in accordance with the applicable provisions of FACA and its implementing regulation. The meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public statements and requests for special accommodations or to address the Advisory Council must be received by June 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the BLS Janet Norwood Training and Conference Center, Rooms 9 and 10, in the Postal Square Building at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE., Washington, DC 20212. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Rietzke, Chief, Division of National Programs, Tools, and Technical Assistance, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C–4510, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202–693–3912. Mr. Rietzke is the Designated Federal Officer for the WIAC. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 Background: The WIAC is an important component of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Pub. L. 113–128), which amends section 15 of the Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 (29 U.S.C. 491–2). The WIAC is a Federal Advisory Committee of workforce and labor market information experts representing a broad range of national, State, and local data and information users and producers. The purpose of the WIAC is to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor, working jointly through the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training and the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, to address: (1) The evaluation and improvement of the nationwide workforce and labor market information (WLMI) system and statewide systems that comprise the nationwide system; and (2) how the Department and the States will cooperate in the management of those systems. These systems include programs to produce employmentrelated statistics and State and local workforce and labor market information. The Department of Labor anticipates the WIAC will accomplish its objectives by: (1) Studying workforce and labor market information issues; (2) seeking and sharing information on innovative approaches, new technologies, and data to inform employment, skills training, and workforce and economic development decision making and policy; and (3) advising the Secretary on how the workforce and labor market information system can best support workforce development, planning, and program development. Additional information is available at www.doleta.gov/wioa/wiac/. Purpose: The WIAC is currently in the process of identifying and reviewing issues and aspects of the WLMI system and statewide systems that comprise the nationwide system and how the Department and the States will cooperate in the management of those systems. As part of this process, the Advisory Council meets to gather information and to engage in deliberative and planning activities to facilitate the development and provision of its recommendations to the Secretary in a timely manner. Agenda: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 21, 2017, the Advisory Council will briefly review the minutes of the previous meeting held February 8, 2017. The Advisory Council will then hear briefings from the sub-committees and PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 their proposed recommendations for the entire WIAC to consider. The meeting will end for the day 4:30 p.m. The meeting will resume at 8:30 a.m. on June 22, 2017. The second day will continue the previous day’s discussions, with the goal of all four sub-committees presenting their proposed recommendations. The WIAC chair will open the floor for public comment at 1:00 p.m. on June 22, 2017. However, the precise schedule of events is subject to change and an up-to-date agenda will be available on WIAC’s Web page (see URL below) prior to the meeting. The second day will conclude with a discussion of next steps, including action items and planning for the next meeting of the Advisory Council. The meeting will adjourn at 4:30 p.m. The full agenda for the meeting, and changes or updates to the agenda, will be posted on the WIAC’s Web page, www.doleta.gov/wioa/wiac/. Attending the meeting: BLS is located in the Postal Square Building, the building that also houses the U.S. Postal Museum, at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE., Washington, DC. You must have a picture ID to be admitted to the BLS offices at Postal Square Building, and you must enter through the Visitors’ Entrance. The BLS Visitors’ Entrance is on First Street NE., mid-block, across from Union Station. Members of the public who require reasonable accommodations to attend the meeting may submit requests for accommodations by mailing them to the person and address indicated in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by the date indicated in the DATES section or transmitting them as email attachments in PDF format to the email address indicated in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section with the subject line ‘‘June WIAC Meeting Accommodations’’ by the date indicated in the DATES section. Please include a specific description of the accommodations requested and phone number or email address where you may be contacted if additional information is needed to meet your request. Public statements: Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit written statements may do so by mailing them to the person and address indicated in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by the date indicated in the DATES section or transmitting them as email attachments E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 23, 2017)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-10496]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2017; Lower 
Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL)

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 
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 
2017 and references the current 2017 Health and Human Services 
``Poverty Guidelines.''

DATES: This issuance is effective May 23, 2017.
    For Further Information or Questions on LLSIL: Please contact 
Samuel Wright,

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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 Sara Hastings, Department of Labor, Employment 
and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-4508, 
Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: 202-693-3377; Fax: 202-693-3599 (these 
are not toll-free numbers); Email:hastings.sara@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 (Pub. L. 113-128) 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 workforce development boards 
(WDB) use the LLSIL for determining eligibility for youth and adults 
for certain services. ETA encourages governors and State/local boards 
to consult 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 31, 2017 (Volume 82, Number 19), pp. 
8831-8832. The HHS 2017 Poverty guidelines may also be found on the 
Internet at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. ETA plans to have 
the 2017 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 2016 updates to the LLSIL in the Federal Register 
of March 25, 2016, at Vol. 81, No. 58 pp. 16217-16223. This notice 
updates the LLSIL to reflect cost of living increases for 2016, by 
calculating the percentage change in the most recent 2015 Consumer 
Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for an area to the 2016 
CPI-U, and then applying this calculation to each of the March 25, 2016 
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 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 2017 figures were updated 
from the 2016 ``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 average CPI-U changes for a 12-
month period ending in December 2016. 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 2016 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. On the ETA LLSIL Web 
site at http://www.doleta.gov/llsil, a modified Microsoft Excel version 
of Appendix D, Table 4, with the area names and the LLSILs, that are 
lower than the Poverty level at a given family size will be shaded; 
will be available. 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 
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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.

Appendix A

    Table 1--Lower Living Standard Income Level (for a Family of Four
                         Persons) by Region \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2017 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \1\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Northeast: \2\                            ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................         $42,965         $30,075
    Non-Metro \3\.......................          42,370          29,659
Midwest:                                  ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................          37,679          26,376
    Non-Metro...........................          36,312          25,418
South:                                    ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................          36,555          25,588
    Non-Metro...........................          35,995          25,197
West:                                     ..............  ..............
    Metro...............................          42,033          29,423
    Non-Metro \4\.......................          41,838          29,287
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2017 adjusted    70 percent
               Region \1\                      LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska:                                   ..............  ..............
Metro...................................         $48,090         $33,663
Non-Metro \2\...........................          54,109          37,876
Hawaii, Guam:                             ..............  ..............
Metro...................................          53,638          37,547
Non-Metro \2\...........................          57,765          40,436
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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 (for a Family of Four
                   Persons), for 23 selected MSAs \1\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)    2017 adjusted    70 percent
                   \1\                         LLSIL           LLSIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage, AK...........................         $49,293         $34,505
Atlanta, GA.............................          34,954          24,468
Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA/NH/ME/CT.....          46,026          32,218

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Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL/IN/WI..........          38,045          26,632
Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH/KY/IN...........          36,945          25,862
Cleveland-Akron, OH.....................          37,876          26,513
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX....................          34,653          24,257
Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO..............          40,002          28,002
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.............          35,765          25,035
Honolulu, HI............................          54,603          38,222
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..........          35,399          24,779
Kansas City, MO/KS......................          35,441          24,808
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.          42,947          30,063
Milwaukee-Racine, WI....................          36,926          25,848
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN/WI.............          37,533          26,273
New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY/NJ/          45,503          31,852
 CT/PA..................................
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,            41,101          28,770
 PA/NJ/DE/MD............................
Pittsburgh, PA..........................          45,659          31,962
St. Louis, MO/IL........................          34,834          24,384
San Diego, CA...........................          47,861          33,502
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA......          46,750          32,725
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA............          46,008          32,206
Washington-Baltimore, DC/MD/VA/WV \2\...          46,097          32,268
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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.

Appendix D

Table 4: 70 Percent of Updated 2016 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 2017 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 2017 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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          12482              20455              28077              34653              40901              47828
          12550              20560              28221              34834              41110              48072
          12585              20626              28324              34954              41251              48239
          12754              20895              28678              35399              41777              48857
          12759              20914              28716              35441              41825              48915
          12880              21102              28974              35765              42205              49354
          12968              21245              29159              35995              42478              49676
          13085              21425              29416              36312              42861              50123
          13166              21573              29609              36555              43144              50459
          13293              21789              29914              36926              43577              50962
          13304              21806              29935              36945              43602              50989
          13517              22150              30410              37533              44298              51804
          13566              22237              30522              37679              44463              52008
          13638              22357              30684              37876              44700              52270
          13697              22456              30816              38045              44900              52513
          14407              23609              32411              40002              47205              55209
          14805              24255              33296              41101              48509              56723
          15064              24688              33896              41838              49378              57750
          15133              24800              34050              42033              49600              58014
          15256              25008              34330              42370              50006              58471
          15462              25339              34789              42947              50678              59275
          15473              25359              34805              42965              50707              59295
          16384              26853              36859              45503              53694              62805
          16446              26950              36993              45659              53888              63018
          16572              27160              37292              46026              54318              63518
          16573              27148              37272              46008              54295              63495
          16602              27207              37345              46097              54405              63627
          16839              27592              37870              46750              55171              64526
          17239              28240              38774              47861              56481              66057
          17321              28376              38960              48090              56752              66376
          17754              29093              39932              49293              58175              68026
          19321              31650              43456              53638              63299              74032
          19488              31925              43833              54109              63852              74670
          19665              32218              44229              54603              64434              75363

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    Signed at Washington, DC, this 14 of April, 2017.
Byron Zuidema,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-10496 Filed 5-22-17; 8:45 am]
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