Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 1, Number 12 July 13, 2001 (For Internal Use Only)
Volume 1, Number 12
July 13, 2001
(For Internal Use Only)
Published by the Division of One-Stop Operations
Next Policy Team meeting will be held July 24th at 3:00 EST.
Technical Assistance and Training
Youth Programs: Seattle Office of Youth Services staff recently met with the State of Oregon which will be taking a lead role in a year-long nationally funded project to develop training and resources on how local WIA youth programs can access grants through private foundations.
GAO Exit on WIA Technical Amendments: On Friday, July 13, several ETA representatives met with GAO in connection with their work on WIA technical amendments. The focus of this work has now shifted to WIA implementation. There are three areas of interest: 1) Availability of core services and support and the effect of traditional service delivery approaches and financial disincentives, 2) Client choice may be limited as training providers face disincentives to participation, and 3) Current structure of Workforce Boards and affiliated entities may lead private sector to opt out. GAO expects to issue a report in September.
Upcoming ETA Meetings
July 23 - 26 - Community Audit Grantee Meeting
Contact: Joan Burchell (202-693-3542; JBurchell@doletagov).
July 22 - 27 - Youth Opportunity Grants Leadership Institute, Leesburg, VA. Three-hundred fifty participants from YOG sites have confirmed attendance.
Contact: David Lah (202-693-3604; DLah@doleta.gov)
July 24 - 25 - ATELS Readiness Review Workgroup 2nd meeting, Chicago O'Hare Hilton
Third meeting - August 16-17, Denver
Contact: Laura Ginsburg (202-693-2796; LGinsburg@doleta.gov).
August 6 -8 - Youth and Adult Readiness Workgroup meetings, Chicago
Contact for Youth Office: Haskell Lowery (202-693-3608); HLowery@doleta.gov) or Contact for Adult Office: Joan Burchell (202-693-3542; JBurchell@doletagov).
August 22 - 24 - One-Stop Readiness Workgroup 3rd meeting in Chicago, IL.
Contact: Maria Kniesler (202-693-3045; MKnielser@doleta.gov).
September 13 - 14 - PEPNET 2001 Institute, Doubletree Hotel, Arlington, VA.
Contact the National Youth Employment Coalition: 202-659-1064
The RA issued a letter advising Oklahoma that additional information is required before its modified plan can be approved. Contact for OK: Greg Goodwin (214-767-2088; GGoodwin@doleta.gov) or Valerie Lloyd (202-693-3644; VLloyd@doleta.gov). Modifications for Hawaii and Missouri remain under review. Contact for HI: Jon Lampman (415-975-4619; JLampman@doleta.gov), 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).
Partner Grant Opportunity: The Office of Adult and Vocational Education has announced the availability of $5 million in FY 2001 funds for competitive grants to local Tech-Prep consortia under the Tech-Prep Demonstration Program. OVAE has estimated that 10 grants will be awarded, ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 for a 36-month project period, with an average size of $500,000. The deadline for applications is September 17, 2001.
The funds were appropriated to enable eligible consortia to carry out tech-prep education projects that involve the co-location of a secondary school on the site of a community college, a business as a member of the consortium, and the voluntary participation of secondary school students. All Tech-Prep Demonstration Program projects must fully implement the core requirements of Tech-Prep Education under Title II of the Perkins Act.
The full application package is available on-line in PDF format (http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2001-3/070901c.pdf)
America's Workforce Network (AWN):
AWN is the nationwide network of workforce development organizations and resources that provide information and services to help employers find skilled workers and individuals to manage their careers. The following projects have been funded to support the launch of America's Workforce Network:
(1) A grant was awarded to the National Governors Association, with subgrants to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties, to foster communication, collaboration, and partnership among the Federal, State and Local levels of America's Workforce Network
(2) A contract with Audio-Visual to support creation of displays for use at conferences and meetings, and materials to describe America's Workforce Network, and ETA as a proud member of America's Workforce Network, to customers and stakeholders.
(3) A grant was awarded to the State of Washington to develop an outreach strategy to employers about the services and benefits of America's Workforce Network and its Toll-Free Help Line
(4) A grant was awarded to the State of Louisiana to develop technical assistance for other states about communications and co-branding strategies.
(5) A contract was awarded to HMA Associates, with a subcontract to Leonard Resources Group, to gather customer market research and inform decision makers about the value and success of America's Workforce Network and its Toll-Free Help Line.
Look for more grant announcements in Bulletin #13.
America's Job Link Alliance (the One-Stop operating system state consortium) held its first meeting to establish developmental priorities for the system. The goal is for every state to have access to a One-Stop operating system that is tailored to meet its needs. Several components of America's Job Link are distinctive from other One-Stop systems including its proposed UI component, a virtual One-Stop for employers that include the UI features, and the fact that the system will be modular with the ability for States to choose which modules they need to fit in with their overall system. Contact: Gay Gilbert (202-693-2923; GGilbert@doleta.gov).
Dislocated Worker Program: The Senate FY 2002 Supplemental bill reduces Dislocated Worker programs for PY 2001 by rescinding $217.5 million --- $160.0 million in formula funds and $57.5 million in the Secretary's National Reserve. This reduction is justified on the increasing amount of funds projected to be unspent on June 30, 2001. The Senate recognized that not all States have these balances and have added language requiring DOL to reallot monies based on the Secretary's determination that a State has excess carry-out. These monies are to be reallotted to better spending States to maintain the PY 2001 formula allotments before any rescission. The rescission is not effective until the reallotment is done. This is an important change. DOL had expressed concern if the reduction was done now and the reallotment was not completed until September. Report language will reference September 15, 2001 as the date the Senate expects the reallotment to be completed.
The House had considered a rescission of FY 2002. Advance funding for Dislocated Worker and Adult programs but withdrew the proposal after a House Rules Committee decision. We have spoken to House staff about the need for additional language authorizing the reallocation of funds among local areas and Governor's set-asides for rapid response and statewide activities. Like the Secretary's authority, these reallocations would allow Governors to maintain PY 2001 amounts for Statewide activities and local areas, similar to what is provided to the Secretary. Contact: Jack Rapport (202-693-2742; JRapport@doleta.gov).