Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 13

July 20, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


 

Policy

On July 23, Deputy Assistant Secretary Ray Uhalde met with Ken McGill of the Social Security Administration to discuss the implementation of the Ticket- to-Work initiative. The Final Regulations governing the initiative are about to go to OMB for clearance. DOL will have an opportunity to comment on the regulation during the clearance process to ensure that our comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, regarding the role of One-Stop systems as Employment Networks, have been addressed. Contact: Alex Kielty (202-693-3730; AKielty@doleta.gov)

 

Technical Assistance and Training

On July 23 - 24, the Philadelphia Regional Office hosted a meeting of States that implemented WIA prior to July 1, 2000. Representatives from approximately 9 States attended and discussed issues such as eligible training provider systems, performance accountability, youth services, and the work of the WIA Readiness Workgroups. Deputy Assistant Secretary Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, OWS National Office staff, and representatives from several Regional Offices attended the meeting.
Contact: Leo Miller (215-861-5287; LMiller@doleta.gov)

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

America's Service Locator: America's Service Locator (ASL), one of the suite of web-based applications known collectively as America's Career Kit, provides employers, workers, and youth a way to find the workforce services they need through the State and Local delivery system of America's Workforce Network. ASL is a free online service that allows users to search for the nearest local office providing the service they need by zip code, and then generate a map and driving directions to that office. In partnership with the America's Workforce Network Toll-Free Help Line (TFHL), the site also provides descriptive national program information, State phone numbers (i.e., Blue Pages), and a State web-site directory. Contact: www.asl.org or Jennifer Warren (202- 693-3688; JWarren@doleta.gov. Contact for Toll-Free Lois Engel (202-693-3356; LEngel@doleta.gov) or Stephanie Curtis (202-693-3353; SCurtis@doleta.gov)

The Department`s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the availability of two system-building grant opportunities in the July 20 FEDERAL REGISTER. 1) Customized Employment Grant Program for People with Disabilities. A total of $3.5 million is available to award up to seven competitive grants for strategic planning and implementation activities designed to improve the employment and career advancement of people with disabilities through enhanced availability and provision of customized employment services through the One-Stop delivery system. Local boards are eligible to apply. Closing date: August 20. 2) High School/High Tech Start-Up Program for Youths with Disabilities. A total of $400,000 is available to award eight competitive grants in the amount of $50,000 each. Local boards -- as well as not-for-profit organizations established under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public secondary educational institutions, Job Corps centers (no fee/profit allowed), and local government entities are eligible to apply.

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. (Additional grants were announced in Bulletin #12):


Contact: Karen Staha (202-693-2917; KStaha@doleta.gov)

 

Miscellaneous

On July 24, the President signed PL 107-20, a supplemental appropriations bill that included changes to Department of Labor programs. This supplemental included a net reduction of $217.5 million for the Department of Labor, all from the Employment and Training Administration's Training and Employment Services appropriation. The net decrease includes an increase of $25 million for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Activities and a reduction of $242.5 million in other WIA programs, all forward funded on a program year (PY) basis from either April 1, 2001 or July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002.

One-Stop Operating Systems

Representatives of the America's One Stop Operating System (AOSOS) Consortium, the Mid-Atlantic Career Consortium (MACC) and the America's Job Link Alliance (AJLA) met at the conclusion of JETT*CON to discuss the possible leveraging, collaboration and joint development opportunities. The representatives will, in turn, brief their colleagues during upcoming business meetings on the prospects for increased collaboration. Contact: Greg Hitchcock (202-693-3631; ghitchcock@doleta.gov)

CLASP Releases Report on Individual Training Accounts

A new report on local area experience and the Workforce Investment Act has been issued by the Center for Law and Social Policy. The report describes the early implementation of the new voucher payment system across the country. The executive summary is available on the web at: www.clasp.org/pubs/jobseducation/ITAExecutiveSummary.pdf.

The full report is available on the web at: www.clasp.org/pubs/jobseducation/ITAPreliminaryReportMay2001.pdf