Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 4

May 11, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


Published by the Division of One-Stop Operations

 

Policy

WIA Policy Team: The WIA Policy Team met on May 15th. Agenda items included a status report on the 6 WIA Readiness Workgroups, a discussion of Incentive Grant policies, and an update on FERPA. The next meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on May 29th.

FERPA: As a result of an internal OMB meeting held during the week of May 7th, DOL and Education will be revising the guidance. The amended guidance will (1) require the State Education Agency to certify that its authorized representative has complied with FERPA; and (2) require States to establish interagency agreements that specify that: (1) information disclosed to the authorized representative may not be redisclosed; (2) information must be destroyed when no longer needed; (3) information must be reported in the aggregate, and (4) the authorized representative may only access records to audit or evaluate a Federally supported education program or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements.

TEGL 18-00 "Program Guidance for Implementation of Comprehensive Youth Services under the Workforce Investment Act" for PY 2001 was released April 23, 2001. It includes sections on: developing effective youth councils, program design, integrating summer activities and year-round services, enhancing assessment strategies, improving recruitment, enhancing retention, and completion of individual service strategies, follow-up services, enhancing performance management and data quality, and building youth connections to One-Stop systems. Attachment A includes seven model practices.
http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL18-00.pdf

The Departments of Justice, Labor and Health and Human Services plan to issue a request for applications for grants that support the development and implementation of reentry and related programs for young offenders returning from incarceration to the community. A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announcing the "Young Offender Initiative" will be published in the Federal Register between May 21 and 31 in the Department of Justice section.

DOL awarded a total of $20,000,000 in 22 grants for "Rewarding Youth Achievement" projects. These urban, rural and Native American grantees will work to boost educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people who are meeting high academic and school-attendance standards. For press release and list of grantees: http://www.dol.gov/dol/opa/public/media/press/eta/eta2001130.htm

New Waiver Request

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

ETA-Sponsored Meetings

Young Offender Initiative Pre-Application Workshop on June 6, 2001, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Contact: Mary Johnson, KRA, Inc., (301-562-2300; MJohnson@kra.com

WIA Youth Services Readiness Workgroup meeting, May 23-24, 2001, in Washington, DC.
Contact: Haskel Lowery (202-693-3608; HLlowery@doleta.gov)

Plans

The District of Columbia modification to its 5-year Strategic Stand-alone plan is remains under review.
Contact: Bonnie Coe (693-2918; Bcoe@doleta.gov)

Partnership

The Technical Committee of the Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility met May 9th. HHS and DOT agencies' representatives want to share sample MOUs and the Cost Allocation TAG with their state and local programs. They want to encourage workforce development programs to come to the table for joint planning on using technology to coordinate social services' transportation needs. Federal Transit Administration is funding development of a strategic plan to bring community services sponsored by DOL, DOT and HHS more closely together through technology. Secretary Chao wrote to Secretary Thompson encouraging better coordination among the departments' respective programs.

Contact: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; VLloyd@doleta.gov )