Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 2

April 27, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


Policy

One-Stop Cost Allocation - The guidance paper "Resource Sharing for Workforce Act One-Stop Centers" remains under review at OMB. OMB is waiting for additional comments from the Dept. of Education. OFAM will talk with OMB staff again later in the week. Contact: Lance Grubb (202-693-3151; LGrubb@doleta.gov)

Charging Membership Dues - A draft directive on the appropriate charging of organization membership dues under WIA has been placed in clearance. Contact: Lance Grubb (202-693-3151; LGrubb@doleta.gov)

WIA Policy Team - The next meeting will be held on May 1st at 3:00 p.m. in S2206. Contact Maria Kniesler (202-693-3045; MKniesler@doleta.gov)

WIA Incentive Funding - Incentive funding for successful performance during PY 1999 is expected to be announced in the Federal Register in the next week. Six States have qualified to submit applications for this funding as early implementors of WIA. They are, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Utah, and Vermont. The funds are a combination of WIA Title I money and Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funds. Contact: Jacqui Shoholm (202-693-3190; JShoholm@doleta.gov)

ODEP Briefing on State Plans - On April 27th, the Office of Disability Employment Policy sponsored a briefing for DOL staff on research that had been commissioned by the President's Taskforce on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities. The breifing focused on "The Review of State Plans for the Workforce Investment Act From a Disability Policy Framework," research conducted by Community Options Inc. with the assistance of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy. In general, the research found that a number of State WIA Plans did not address services to individuals with disabilities in much detail. A followup briefing will be scheduled for Ray Uhalde in the near future. Contact Maria Kniesler (202-693-3045; MKniesler@doleta.gov)

Rewarding Youth Achievement Grants will be announced soon. OCIA made Congressional notifications late last week.

A TEGL on WIA Youth Program Guidance was transmitted for final signature and should be released soon.

Approved Waivers

New Waiver Requests

Contact: Dennis Nutt (202-693-3357; DNutt@doleta.gov)

Technical Assistance and Training

The Performance Accountability Team will be conducting a series of Regional training sessions on the OMB approved reporting package, beginning the third week in April in Boston. The training will consist of three modules: the Reporting package; Re-negotiating Performance Measures; and Annual Reporting. The sessions will run through the third week in June. Contact: Candice Young (202-693-3189; CYoung@doleta.gov)

The Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER) will conduct two regional training sessions in Albuquerque, New Mexico: "Initial Assessment Process in a One-Stop System" on Monday, May 7th, and "Conducting Post-Employment Follow Up Activities in One-Stops" on Tuesday, May 8th. Contact: Pam Gerassimides at 202-434-8020.

OYO staff launched the "Youth Corner" website at http://yomovement.doleta.gov/yocorner/ designed for youth 14 - 21 seeking information about work experience, career planning, finding a job, and further education. The information includes résumé writing and interviewing tips, information for youth with disabilities, information about internships, volunteering, and apprenticeships, and much more.

Job Corps will soon announce the annual Alpha Conference and field training sessions for the new Computer Information System and the restructured Policy and Procedures Handbook.

Plans

The DC Unified Plan is currently under review by Regional and National Office staff.

Contact: Bonnie Coe (202-693-2918; BCoe@doleta.gov)

Partnership

Social Security Administration has released a "Ticket-to-Work and Self-Sufficiency Program" solicitation for bidders in selected States to serve as Employment Networks for individuals with disabilities. Employment Networks provide disability beneficiaries more choices for receiving employment services and increase provider incentives to serve these individuals by coordinating and elivering services necessary to prepare and place beneficiaries in employment. Grants will be for 5 years, with a 5-year renewal option. Contact: www.fedbizops.gov

OATELS is spearheading a partnership between the Seafarers International Union and the Transportation Institute to assist in recruiting 10,000 entry-level (Pay $30,000- $40,000) workers for the maritime industry over the next 5 years. Next steps include a MOU with ATELS, One-Stops, and Job Corps sites.
Contact: Laura Ginsberg ((202-693-2799; LGinsberg@doleta.gov)

OATELS is beginning work on a national partnership program in the mass transit industry, which includes the Transport Workers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the transit authorities in Chicago, Miami, NY City, Stanton Island, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. They received a $500,000 grant from the Dept. of Transportation to look at the future skills needed in mass transit; develop a curriculum to address those needs; and pilot the training in five locations. The program will be expanded, as well as hire workers into mass transit. Contact: Laura Ginsberg (202-693-2796; LGinsberg@doleta.gov)

One-Stop and WtW staff met with staff from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service to discuss various partnership opportunities. HHS and HUD staff also participated in the meeting. The next meeting will be held in June, at USDA. Contact: Cheryl Turner (202-693-3379; CTurner@doleta.gov)

ETA-Sponsored Meetings

May 7-9: School-to-Work State Directors Meeting, Washington, DC.

Miscellaneous

GAO shared plans to review unobligated and unexpended balances that remain in DOL appropriations. Focus will be on ETA's large grant programs. Contact: Jim Aaron at (202-693-2814; JAaron@doleta.gov)