Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 11

July 6, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


Published by the Division of One-Stop Operations

 

Policy

Issues

The following issues were presented for discussion at the Policy Team Meeting on July 10th:

(1)  OAA Amendments:  Issue:  Should Federal regulations relax the participant eligibility criteria, allowing program operators to serve those older adults who are currently ineligible, but who need the services? The Team supported the recommendation of increasing the eligible population by permitting a "window" of 10-15% for the income eligibility criterion.

(2)  Thirty percent of Youth Funding to be Expended for Out-of-School Youth:  States are expressing concern about their ability to meet the requirement that 30% of WIA youth funding must be spent on out-of-school youth, especially because the WIA definition of "out-of-school" is stricter than the JTPA definition, and covers youth engaged in any type of education. SOL and OYS will work together to develop guidance under which States could request waivers for the 30% out of school youth requirement, which currently says that in order for participants to count as "out-of-school", they may not be attending any type of school.

(3)  Competitive Selection of Eligible Providers of Training for Youth:  In many States, the same training provider may train both adults and older youth. Since these providers must qualify for the ETPL and also got through the competitive selection process to become a youth provider, this results in providers having to undergo duplicate processes. The Team pointed out that the competitive procurement process is entirely different than the process of establishing an ETP list for providers of training for adults, and therefore did not endorse the recommendation of allowing training providers on the ETPL to be eligible to provide services to youth without further competition. The confusion perhaps stems from the use of "training provider list" in both cases, so it was recommended that clarification go out to the system as to what the youth ETPL is - merely a list of those who won the competitive procurement process, and is not the same as the ETP list under Section 122.

(4)  Youth Eligibility Documentation:   Documentation of eligibility is presenting barriers to providing youth the services they need. In order to address this issue, the Youth Office is looking at presumptive eligibility and self-certification. The Office of Adult Services has also been looking at streamlining their eligibility process and looking at proxy measures to determine eligibility. OYS was interested in researching other federal programs with participation criteria of income guidelines and thresholds. Welfare-to-Work has been using a self-certification system in situations where it is difficult to obtain documentation. TANF has also used a self-certification system, with a polling of a subsection of applicants to discourage and monitor possible abuse. They found that the error rate was extremely low - much lower than they expected.

(5)  Youth Activities Allocation:  Allocating youth funds on April 1 presents reporting problems for program operators. The Team did not endorse the recommendation. Instead, they suggested that in the allotment TEGL to the states, language should be put in saying that states are not required to take the money April 1, but once they do take it, they must turn it over to their local areas within 45 days. Also, the reporting ramifications for those taking the money April 1 could be spelled out.

Draft Change to TEGL 15-99

TEGL 15-99 will be kept in place, with an additional TEGL being issued which will explain what we expect states to be doing as next steps in WIA implementation. This TEGL will explain that eligibility for incentive grants will not be tied to being "substantially implemented."

 

Technical Assistance and Training

Reemployment Services

USES is developing final guidance to issue to the States on reemployment services (with an expectancy of issuance before July 20). The final guidance will concentrate on direct delivery of services to UI claimants; it will no longer include updating profiling models as an approved activity. (While updating profiling systems is an important activity, the emphasis of these funds will be on providing the services that have a direct impact on increasing the reemployment of UI workers.) While there will be no performance goal to increase entered employment by 50 percent over last year's performance, States will be required to (1) identify the anticipated specific program performance outcomes, (2) describe the method to measure attainment of those outcomes in their plan, and (3) reflect quantitative progress against those goals in the final report. Contact: Stephanie Cabell (202-693-3171; SCabell@doleta.gov).

The ETA's Five-Year Strategic Plan For Demonstrations, Research, and Evaluations is available through the website (http://wdr.doleta.gov/opr/reports.asp) a link will also soon be available on www.usworkforce.org

 

Plans

Nebraska's modified plan has been approved. Modifications for the following States remain under review: Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Missouri. Contact for OK: Greg Goodwin (214-767-2088; GGoodwin@doleta.gov) or Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; VLloyd@doleta.gov); 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 initial round of modifications demonstrates that States are modifying their plans to formalize innovative approaches. Oklahoma has created 24 subsidiary Local Workforce Development Councils that support the 12 established Local Boards. The membership for these Councils is modeled after that of the Local Board: business majority, labor and service provider representatives. The primary purpose is to allow business to align workforce development resources in local labor market areas.

 

Partnerships

One-Stop Operating System

Several eastern seaboard States have established the Mid-Atlantic Career Consortium to collegially develop a One-Stop Operating System. Consortium representatives will brief national office staff on Friday, July 13, on the development and implementation progress to date.

America's Workforce Network (AWN)

America's Workforce Network is the nationwide network of workforce development organizations and resources that provide information and services to help employers find skilled workers and individuals manage their careers. These resources range from workforce-related services that are available nationwide via the Internet to those available at One-Stop Centers throughout the country.

America's Workforce Network is made up of:

By linking the wide array of workforce development services and tools, customers have easy access to a broad range of resources in their local communities. The location of One-Stop Centers and other local providers and basic information about available services may be accessed by calling America's Workforce Network Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627), or for the hearing-impaired, call 1-877-889-5627. Internet users can access the same information through America's Service Locator at http://www.servicelocator.org. Contact for AWN: Karen Staha (202) 693-2917; Kstaha@doleta.gov

Money Smart Program--New Financial Education Resources for One-Stops:

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration are implementing a joint initiative to offer basic financial education to participants of Welfare-to-Work and Workforce Investment Act programs nationwide. Products of this project (available free of charge) include: (1) Money Smart, a financial education curriculum developed by FDIC. (2) "Teaching Dollars & Sense: Implementing Financial Education in a One-Stop Setting," a how-to booklet from the ETA Division of Welfare-to-Work.

Contact: http://wtw.doleta.gov/dollarsandsense

 

ETA-Sponsored Meetings

 

Miscellaneous

"Federal Commons

The "Federal Commons" is an Internet grants management portal serving the grantee organization community and a useful source of information about grants available from the Federal government. Their Web site is: http://www.cfda.gov/federalcommons/. A direct link to this site is available from www.usworkforce.org. Grant information is listed by topic, including "Employment, Labor and Training", with subcategories of available grants by topics such as: "Planning, Research and Demonstration" with four agency sites listed; "Program Development" with eight sites listed; and "Job Training, Employment" with 20 sites listed.

One-Stop Operating System Updates

Version 1.04 of AOSOS was successfully brought up in a production environment in Nevada this past weekend.

Version 2.0 of AOSOS should be available to Consortium States to be installed in their test environments the week of July 16th. OTIS does caution that some this date is an estimate.

Letters have also been issued to the State members of the America's Job Link Alliance and the Mid-Atlantic Career Consortium to meet with the America's One-Stop Operating System Consortium after JETT*CON. The objective of the meeting: To explore and compare the products with an eye toward identifying gaps, and the possibility of future joint development and cost sharing.

ETA Dashboard

The ETA Dashboard has been released to the Policy Council and Regional Administrators in a Beta version. The purpose of this version is to introduce the ETA community to the concept of an "information" Dashboard and the Brio product technology behind it. This initial offering focuses on Workforce Investment Act data collected through the Enterprise Information Management System (EIMS). Under the direction of the EIMS Steering Committee, future versions will expand to include additional areas of ETA and further enhancements and additions will be incorporated.