U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

OWS

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEESS

ISSUE DATE

February 15, 2000

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

June 30, 2001

DIRECTIVE

:

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 04-99

 

TO

:

ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS

 

FROM

:

LENITA JACOBS SIMM0NS
Deputy Assistant Secretary

 

SUBJECT

:

Instructions and Planning Guidelines for the Program Year (PY) 2000 Wagner-Peyser Act Agriculture Services Submission

 

  1. Purpose. To provide guidance for the preparation and submission of the PY 2000 Wagner-Peyser Act Agriculture Services Submission in conjunction with the Strategic Five-Year State Plan under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).

  2. References. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998; Planning Guidance and Instructions for Submission of the Strategic Five-Year Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner-Peyser Act (herein referred to as the WIA/W-P Act Planning Guidance); Final Unified Planning Guidance (Developed by the Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development) (herein referred to as the Unified Planning Guidance); 20 CFR 652.211, 652.212, 652.213, 653.107, 653.112 and 661.230; Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 27-97.

  3. Background. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 requires Wagner-Peyser Act labor exchange services to be provided through the One-Stop delivery system. Further, WIA requires that States include in their Strategic Five-year Plan a detailed description of the Wagner-Peyser Act services that will be provided to job seekers and employers.

    Assurance No.15 in the WIA/W-P Act Planning Guidance and assurance No.14 in the Unified Planning Guidance require States to assure that they will comply with the annual Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) requirements in accordance with 20 CFR part 653. In line with the regulations at 20 CFR part 653, the WIA/W-P Act Planning Guidance, the Unified Planning Guidance, and applicable WIA and Wagner-Peyser Act regulations, the attachment constitutes the guidelines for the PY 2000 Agriculture Services Submission.

  4. Agriculture Services Submission. State planning for Wagner-Peyser Act agriculture program services is an annual requirement. Accordingly, each State must provide the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with an Agriculture Services Submission in conjunction with its WIA/Wagner-Peyser Act Strategic Five-Year Plan or Unified Plan (see 5.-below), and must provide annual Agricultural Services Submissions during each of the following four program years. The Agriculture Services Submission should be an integral component of a State's Strategic Five-Year Plan, and its development should be coordinated with the development of the Five-Year Plan. Likewise, during the four out years in which a WIA/Wagner-Peyser Act Strategic Five-Year Plan or Unified Plan is not submitted, the State should develop the annual Agriculture Services Submission in light of the Wagner-Peyser Act activities described in the Five-Year Plan.

    Each year, ETA will publish planning guidelines for the Agriculture Services Submission. For PY 2000, States must respond to the items contained in the attached guidelines. Subsequently, in their annual Agricultural Services Submissions, States must respond to the items contained in the appropriate ETA guidelines for that program year.

  5. PY 2000 Submission Schedule. States are to provide their PY 2000 Agriculture Services Submission in accordance with the following schedule:

    Early WIA Implementers that submit the Agriculture Services Submission under separate cover should send one signed original and two copies via a letter of transmittal to the National Office, Attn: National MSFW Monitor Advocate, and one copy to the appropriate Regional Office.

  6. Inquiries. Requests for technical assistance or other inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.

  7. Attachment. Planning Guidance for PY 2000 Wagner-Peyser Act Agriculture Services Submission.