Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 5

May 18, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


Published by the Division of One-Stop Operations

 

Policy

At the May 15th meeting, the WIA Readiness Review Team Leaders provided an update on the outcomes of their meetings with the workgroup members during the prior week, and provided timelines for future meetings. The Team Leaders are on the agenda for the RAs' meeting this week in Philadelphia, PA. to discuss. The next Policy Team meeting is scheduled for May 29th at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Maria Kniesler (202-693-3046; MKnielser@doleta.gov)

 

Upcoming ETA Sponsored Meetings

May 23-24 - WIA Readiness Review Youth Workgroup Meeting in Washington, D.C. Contact: Irene Lynn (202-693-2918; Ilynn@doleta.gov)

June 7-8 - WIA Readiness Review ATELS Workgroup Meeting, Baltimore Washington International Airport, Sheraton Hotel. Contact: Laura Ginsberg (202-693-2796; LGinsberg@doleta.gov)

June 26-27- First America's Workforce Network Research Conference at the Radisson Berkeley Hotel in Washington, DC. Contact: Vivian Chen (202-693-3187; YChen@doleta.gov ) or https://oui.doleta.gov/nrc

June 27-29 - WIA Readiness Review One-Stop Workgroup Meeting in Washington, D.C. Contact: Maria Kniesler (202-693-3046; MKnielser@doleta.gov)

 

Plans

Oklahoma and Nebraska each submitted a modification to their Stand-Alone Strategic Five-Year Plans. These modifications are currently under review by Regional and National Office staff. Contact for OK: Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; VLloyd@doleta.gov) or Greg Goodwin (214-767-2088; GGoodwin@doleta.gov). Contact for NE: Dick Ensor (202-693-2792; REnsor@doleta.gov) or Hal Tyson 816-426-3796, ext 234; HTyson@doleta.gov)

 

Partnership

The Economic Development Administration is soliciting proposals to: (1) evaluate EDA's Economic Adjustment Program; (2) review critical issues to economic development practitioners nationally, (3) identify the location of and economic development problems facing communities with significant Asian American and Pacific Islander populations, and (4) disseminate economic development information to practitioners serving economically distressed urban areas. Proposals are due June 20. Application information is in the FEDERAL REGISTER, dated 5/21/2001, [Page 28039-28042] through the browse feature at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html or, directly, through: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-12671-filed

 

Miscellaneous

An updated, paginated index of terms found in the final WIA regulations is now available for staff reference. This May 18 version reflects comments and recommendations submitted by the Regional Offices during the February to mid-May period. Contact: Kevin Thompson (202-693-2925; KThompson@doleta.gov)

GAO Budget Review: Staff met with GAO to discuss their analysis of WIA spending. In their draft report to the Appropriation committees which was informally shared with us they write that: "while it might be possible that States could absorb a one-year cut in WIA funding, lower funding levels in the future could prove problematic as States exhaust their carryover funds." In their review, they spoke to six States and US DOL/ETA. As expected, comments from the States included mention that all the funds are obligated and we should witness a significant increase in spending, given increases in layoffs and States overcoming initial implementation problems, and that a major pick-up in dislocated worker funding needs is expected that may not be satisfied if Budget Authority is reduced. We pointed out to GAO that State spending predictions are consistent with assumptions made by DOL. We had assumed a 20 percent increase in spending in each of the two remaining quarters of the program year and a Program Year 2001 spending level which was greater than the budget authority level provided by the Congress. We also mentioned the National Reserve which is available to those States and communities which witness a large demand for assistance that cannot be satisfied through formula grants. Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; JRapport@doleta.gov)