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

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA/Title III

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TWRA

ISSUE DATE

Nov. 15, 1993

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 22-93
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Announcement of Program Year (PY) 1994/1995 Title III Planning Process

  1. Purpose. To provide information on the revised Title III planning guidelines for PY 1994 and PY 1995.

  2. Background. Title III funding for PY 1994 has been increased to $1.118 billion, more than twice the level available in PY 1993. At the same time, and independent from the increase in the appropriation, the Department, in consultation with State and local partners, is refocusing the dislocated worker system in order to expand and improve the quality of services and outcomes to dislocated workers and employers.

    This refocus has been developed through an extensive consultation process and reflects a legislative proposal to be submitted to Congress in 1994 to legislate a new comprehensive dislocated worker program for implementation in PY 1995 based on the following tenets:

    Establish a strong customer focus and orientation which leads to higher levels of customer satisfaction.

    Focus performance management on the attainment of quality-based outcomes;

    Provide maximum flexibility to those involved in direct delivery of services to customers;

    Increase the availability of quality services by expanding service and training options and giving customers more choice in the selection of options;

    Improve the collection and maintenance of data on program quality and LMI to enable the system and individual dislocated workers to make effective selection of service providers and program activities.

    Improve system operations by developing and implementing MIS systems.

    Plans developed for PY 1994 and PY 1995 based on the tenets outlined above, should focus on two goals:

    Improving Program Quality, and

    Effectively Increasing Program Capacity

    Changes in PY 1994 should lead to higher levels of performance in PY 1995.

  3. Program Goals for PY 1994/1995. During PY 1994/1995, the focus of the States' and SSAs' efforts should be to:

    Improve Program Quality

    Increase Program Capacity

    The Employment and Training Administration has established a national goal of increasing the level of customer satisfaction among those served by the dislocated worker program by 10% during PY 1994. The Department is currently undertaking a survey of a sample of terminated program participants in order to establish a current measure of customer satisfaction.

  4. Planning Process for PY 1994/PY 1995. Current EDWAA legislation requires the submittal of State plans for PY 1994 and PY 1995 to the Department by May 1, 1994. For this cycle, the Department wants to ensure that the plan document is not viewed as an end in itself but as a part of a productive planning process that develops effective State and substate strategies for accomplishing the goals previously described. The Department has developed a proposed planning strategy which promotes a high level of Federal, State-substate interaction throughout the Winter and Spring, and includes an appropriate level of Federal support and guidance.

    The major components of this strategy are:

    Transmit draft planning guidelines to States

    November

    Issuance of policy guidance on various program topics (training waivers, CCEs, needs-related payments, etc.)

    January

    State planning briefings/meetings with all SSAs

    by January

    Provide information on a nationwide basis on recent program performance to all States

    February

    Provide ongoing assistance on plan preparation process in the States

    January-April

    Preparation of State Title III plans

    March-April

    Submission of State Title III plans

    May

    The Department is revising the planning instructions to include both a description of State policies and systems that relate to currently legislated responsibilities, and a description of improvement actions to be undertaken by the State during PY 1994 to increase program quality and program capacity within the State. An important objective of the planning process is developing State/SSA-specific strategies for establishing the capability to meet the goals and policy emphases that may be legislatively implemented.

    To support this planning process, the Department will set aside and make TAT funds available to each State, for use during PY 1994. These funds are intended to support capacity building efforts needed to achieve the

    improvements described in the State plan, and to facilitate the State's transition into PY 1995 in the event that new dislocated worker legislation is enacted by the Congress. States will be required to prepare and submit a technical assistance plan for the use of such funds.

  5. Action Required. State Worker Adjustment Liaisons are requested to provide this information to the appropriate staff and to all their SSAs as soon as possible, and to proceed to implement the planning process based on the contents of this TEIN.

  6. Inquiries. Questions may be directed to the appropriate ETA Regional Office or Eric Johnson in the Office of Worker Retraining and Adjustment Programs in the ETA National Office at 202/219-5577.