Texas Register, Volume 37, Number 35, Pages 6819-7008, August 31, 2012 Page: 6,890
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The intent of the Commission's outcome-driven paradigm shift
and strategy is to promote long-term employment and indepen-
dence from public assistance, and focus on helping Choices par-
ticipants gain employment, then gain better employment, and,
finally, retain employment.
PART II. EXPLANATION OF INDIVIDUAL PROVISIONS
(Note: Minor editorial changes are made that do not change the
meaning of the rules and, therefore, are not discussed in the
Explanation of Individual Provisions.)
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The Commission proposes the following amendments to Sub-
811.1. Purpose and Goal
Section 811.1(c) adds the TANF Work Verification Plan as an
additional source of guidance for the Choices program.
Section 811.1(d) adds the TANF Work Verification Plan as an
additional source of guidance for the Choices program.
New 811.2(4) defines the term "community service" as a pro-
gram that provides employment and training activities to Choices
participants through unsalaried, work-based positions in the pub-
lic or private nonprofit sectors. Community service programs
contain structured, supervised activities that are a direct benefit
to the community and are designed to improve the employability
of Choices participants who have been unable to find employ-
Section 811.2(5) amends the definition of "conditional applicant"
by requiring that an adult or teen head of household who left
TANF in a sanctioned status, but who is reapplying for TANF as-
sistance, "must demonstrate cooperation with Choices program
requirements for four consecutive weeks."
New 811.2(7) defines the term "Employment Planning Session
(EPS)" as a meeting with a TANF recipient to introduce Choices
New 811.2(11) defines the term "job readiness" as short-term
structured activities or a series of activities lasting less than six
months designed to prepare a job seeker for unsubsidized em-
ployment and increase the job seeker's employability. Activities
may include, but are not limited to: interviewing skills, job re-
tention skills, personal maintenance skills, professional conduct
skills, and introductory computer skills.
New 811.2(12) defines the term "job search" as acts of seeking
or obtaining employment, or preparing to seek or obtain employ-
ment, including life skills training, substance abuse treatment,
mental health treatment, or rehabilitation activities. Activities
may include: information on and referral to available jobs; oc-
cupational exploration, including information on local emerging
and demand occupations; job fairs; applying or interviewing for
job vacancies; and contacting potential employers.
New 811.2(13) defines the term "job skills" as training or edu-
cation for job skills required by an employer to provide a Choices
participant with the ability to obtain employment or to advance or
adapt to the changing demands of the workplace.
New 811.2(20) defines the "The Workforce Information System
of Texas (TWIST)" as the Agency's automated data processing
and case management system for the Texas workforce system.
New 811.2(21) defines the term "vocational educational train-
ing" as organized educational programs directly related to
preparing Choices participants for employment in current or
New 811.2(24) defines the term "work experience" as unpaid
training in the public or private sector designed to improve the
employability of Choices participants who have been unable to
Section 811.2(26) amends the definition of "work requirement" by
specifying that a Choices participant is deemed to be engaged
in work by participating in:
(A) unsubsidized employment;
(B) subsidized employment;
(C) OJT; or
(D) educational services for Choices participants who have not
completed secondary school or received a GED credential as
provided in 811.30.
This change is made strictly for the purposes of determining
the federal work participation rate and is not for determining if
a Choices participant is meeting participation requirements.
Certain paragraphs in this section have been renumbered to re-
flect additions or deletions.
811.4. Policies, Memoranda of Understanding, and Procedures
Section 811.4(a)(2) requires Boards to adopt policies regarding
limits on the amount of funds per Choices participant and the
maximum duration of subsidized employment and OJT place-
ments. This change is made to align with Workforce Investment
Act policy, which imposes a limit on the duration and amount of
811.5. Documentation, Verification, and Supervision of Work
--removes the term "paid" from work activities to align with the
changes in Choices work activities;
--removes the requirement that "If participation is projected as
described in 811.34(3), current and verified participation must
be documented in TWIST at least every six months." The Ad-
ministration for Children and Families (ACF) issued guidance
requiring a recalculation of average weekly projected hours of
employment each time new information was received showing a
change in a Choices participant's actual hours. The Commission
believes that ACF's guidance negates the benefits of projecting
hours, thus projection of hours was not implemented; and
--adds a reference to 811.50, a Choices work activity.
Section 811.5(d) is removed. With the Commission's focus on
outcome-based performance measures, only data entry of the
Choices work activities set forth in 811.5(c) is required.
New 811.5(d) states that for educational services for teen heads
of households who have not completed secondary school or re-
ceived a GED credential, Boards shall ensure that:
(1) good or satisfactory progress, as determined by the educa-
tional institution, is verified and documented in TWIST at least
(2) all participation is supervised daily; and
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