Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 10

(June 29, 2001)

(For Internal Use Only)


Published by the Division of One-Stop Operations

 

Policy

In response to an inquiry from Region 6, it has been reiterated that the provision of "cash incentives" under WIA title I, is a policy determination left to the State and local partners. There is no legal or regulatory prohibition against these incentives under any of the funding streams; such incentives, therefore, can be used if they further the customer service and placement objectives of the State, Local Board and center operators(s).

Three Issue Papers were discussed at the Policy Team meeting on June 26:

In addition, the Office of Field Operations is working on a policy state that will inform the States that incentive awards will not be tied to issues related to "substantially implemented" (see TEGL 15-99). This issue will be discussed in more detail at the next Team meeting.

The next Policy Team meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10th beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EST).

Contact: Maria Kniesler (202-693-3045; MKnielser@doleta.gov).

Policy Question:

Can Federal Staff serve on State or Local Workforce Investment Boards? This issue has been raised by the Office of Youth Services and ATELS.

Policy Answer:

No. Federal Staff cannot serve on State/Local Boards. The citation for this policy is 18 USC section 208 of the criminal code which says that a Federal employee, in their official capacity, cannot sit on the board of an outside organization.

 

Technical Assistance and Training

The One-Stop Readiness Workgroup conducted its second meeting on June 27-29 in Washington, DC. Over 60 Federal, State and local staff were in attendance. The members developed detailed work plans in the areas of: MOU & partnerships; cost allocation & resource sharing; and service integration. In addition, a sub-group of the larger group was formulated to begin discussions for a draft "National Issuance" for Federal partner agencies' signature to include DOL, ED, HHS, HUD and USDA.

Contact: Maria Kniesler (202-693-3045; MKnielser@doleta.gov).

The Office of Youth Services WIA Readiness Workgroup conducted its second meeting on June 27-28 in Washington, DC. Over Federal, State and local representatives participated in either the Youth Council or Youth Program Services workgroup discussions. Each of the workgroups refined priority issues, recommendations, action steps, and timelines for identified topic areas . The Youth Council Workgroup topic areas include: meeting WIA planning requirements, meeting WIA membership requirements, development and implementation of WIA service delivery systems, and public relations and community outreach. The Program Services Workgroup continued developing a work plan working on issues around out-of-school youth, eligibility, documentation, and verification, low expenditures, program design, and performance measures.

The ATELS WIA Readiness Workgroup is focusing on Attraction and Retention of Employers to the Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs). The Work Group will further develop recommendations from the first meeting which include how to make better use of existing resources and technical assistance to attract and retain employers; identify WIB needs that are not currently being addressed; ensure that elected officials have a clear vision and understanding of the WIBs and the importance of the employer appointment; and linking Workforce Boards' outreach needs to existing marketing campaigns. Additionally, there will be a panel of WIB chairs and employer members from the Chicago area who will share their experiences with the work group. Contact: Laura Ginsberg (202-693-2796; LGinsberg@doleta.gov).

The Missouri WIA Performance handbook is now available. The Division's Planning and Research group developed the handbook to conduct Technical Assistance to their local boards. Contact: Roger Baugher or Mike Waltman (573-526-8267) or http://www.ecodev.state.mo.us/mtec/index.htm

AWN Research Conference. The first AWN Research Conference was held on June 26-27, 2001 at the Radison Barcelo in Washington, DC. More than 200 Federal, State and local policymakers, workforce development professionals, researchers and academicians attended this conference. Thirty-six papers on unemployment insurance, public labor exchange, labor markets, reemployment services, welfare-to-work and workforce investment were presented at the Conference. The Conference was a huge success and sparked much discussion and suggestions for future policy options for workforce security programs. Summaries of each paper presented will be put on the AWN Research Conference website: oui.doleta.gov/nrc under Conference Proceedings. Papers will be published at a future date. Contact: Vivian Chen (202-693-3187; YChen@doleta.gov)

WIA Performance Reporting Training: The Performance Team has completed the seventh and final Performance Reporting training session. The team trained over 500 State, local, Regional and National Office staff in a nine week period. Most training sessions consisted of two days geared toward State MIS personnel and a half day specifically for Regional staff.

 

Plans

The RA issued a letter advising the District of Columbia that additional information is required before its modified plan can be approved. D.C. added additional partners and submitted a Unified Plan. The letter approving Nebraska's modified plan is ready for the RA's signature. The modification for Oklahoma remains under review. Contact for OK: Greg Goodwin (214-767-2088; GGoodwin@doleta.gov) or Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; Vlloyd@doleta.gov). Modifications were received from Hawaii and Missouri and are under review. Contact for HI: Jon Lampman (415-975-4619; JLampman@doleta.gov) or Kevin Thompson (202-693-2925; KThompson@doleta.gov); Contact for MO: Bob Wilson (816-426-3796, ext. 254; BWilson@doleta.gov) or Dick Ensor (202-693-2792; REnsor@doleta.gov). The modifications received to date vary in complexity and range of issues but a change in the State's allocation formula for dislocated worker funds is a common theme in many.

 

Partnership

The signing of the historic Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Education and the Department of Labor took place at the 21stWorkforce Century Summit. This M.O.U. will pave the way for adult reading programs through our One Stop Centers, and closer coordination between the Department of Education and Job Corps.

ETA-Sponsored Meetings

 

Miscellaneous

On June 25, Secretary Chao announced that ETA has awarded 35 communities with $204 million to continue successful outreach programs for at-risk youth. Additional background on the grantees can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/yog.asp.

OSOS Version 2.0 is scheduled for release on July 17. This version will contain the various Federal Report -- Employment Service, Veterans Employment and Training, Migrant Indicators of Compliance, WIA Quarterly, WIA Standard Reporting Document and WIA Performance Measures Comparison State Report.

The GAO testimony on "Food Stamp Program: Program Integrity and Participation Issues" from Robert E, Robinson, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry, House Committee on Agriculture is available at http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-01-881t.

The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities/Office of Disability Employment Policy of The United States Department of Labor will use Autonomy Server(TM), Autonomy Update(TM) and Autonomy Categorizer(TM) for the upcoming DisabilityDirect.gov project.

DisabilityDirect.gov is part of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, which seeks to expand learning opportunities, access to technology, and employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Scheduled for a phased introduction beginning mid-summer, DisabilityDirect.gov will be a comprehensive resource for Americans with disabilities, employers and other interested parties. It will consolidate resources and information from the federal, state and local government service providers as well as private organizations. DisabilityDirect.gov will allow people in local municipalities and states to locate and identify services within their own area. Contact: Dick Griffin at 693-4939 or 4944.

OMB supports ETA's suggested approach for providing data on WIA and Wagner-Peyser investments for self-service. A three tier strategy was presented : (1) short-term - get data from States and locals who are already collecting it; (2) mid-range - do strategic surveying to identify activities and costs associated with self-service; (3) long-term - develop more permanent approach. OMB wants to play an active role as strategies evolve. Contact: Gay Gilbert (202-693-2923; GGilbert@doleta.gov).