Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin

Volume 1, Number 14

July 27, 2001

(For Internal Use Only)


Policy

Conflict of Interest Clarification

Q.  Youth Council members are allowed to attend regular Local Board meetings in many areas, and may participate in the discussions at those meetings. Since this could mean discussion on the selection of Youth Providers, in some instances, should Conflict of Interest policies apply specifically to those Youth Council members?

A.  Conflict of interest policies are developed by State and local areas, and are intended to protect the decisions of the Board from unfair advantage to any particular member of the Board. Youth Council members should recuse themselves from discussion and voting on recommendations for selecting eligible providers where there would be a conflict of interest. What is considered a conflict of interest is determined by local policies.

Whether the attendance of providers at the Board meetings (which should be open to the public per WIA sunshine provisions), or the participation in discussion on Board agenda items would constitute a conflict of interest, would have to be explicitly spelled out in the Board policies on this subject. The Department has no position beyond the fact that the State and Local areas are encouraged to set Conflict of Interest policies for Board activity.

Common Performance Measures:  The OMB-convened interagency group (DOL, ED, HHS, Transportation) met on July 19 to review core performance measures for federal training and employment programs. ETA programs to be included-WIA Title I programs (Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker), TAA/NAFTA-TAA, Wagner-Peyser, Older Americans, and Job Corps-were expanded by adding Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker and Native American programs, as well as Youth Opportunity Grants. A table of core measures is being refined to include information on who may be served, what services are provided, and details for the numerator and denominator for the performance measures. The group will meet again on August 16 at DOL.

The next Policy Team Meeting is August 21, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)

 

Technical Assistance and Training

Incumbent/Dislocated Workers Skill Shortages II Demonstration Grantee Orientation Meeting

The grantee orientation meeting has been scheduled for August 14-16 at The Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. There were 19 grants awarded to 16 States under this initiative. The purpose of this demonstration project is to test the ability of the workforce system to develop projects or industry-led consortia to identify and successfully address skill shortages through training.

 

Upcoming ETA Meetings

 

Partners

Empowerment Zones: Urban and Rural Applications Sought

The Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 authorizes the designation of nine Round III Empowerment Zones (EZs). Seven of the Round III EZs are to be designated in urban areas by the Secretary of HUD. The remaining two Round III EZs are to be designated in rural areas by the Secretary of Agriculture. In the July 19 FEDERAL REGISTER, HUD invited applications for designation of nominated areas as Empowerment Zones. Completed applications must be submitted no later than September 28, 2001. Access to application process and documentation requirements is available through www.usworkforce.org.

Reminder: America's Service Locator: Database Management is Legitimate WIA Program Cost

America's Service Locator (ASL), www.servicelocator.org, one of the suite of web-based applications within America's Career Kit, provides employers, worker and youth with access to location and service information for One-Stop Centers nationwide, as well as other DOL service offices. In partnership, the ASL database is also used by America's Workforce Network Toll-Free Help Line (TFHL) at 1-877-US-2JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5627). Currently, most States have grants for TFHL or ASL through 9/30/02 and are utilizing these funds to finance the population of the ASL database. However, since no additional funds are available after 9/30/02, costs associated with the updating and maintenance of the ASL database are an appropriate, allowable program cost under WIA--specifically as part of outreach and recruitment. In addition, States are encouraged to build in this activity as part of their WIA activities as an allowable activity in the instructions for the next WIA plan. Contact for ASL: Jennifer Warren (202-693-3688; JWarren@doleta.gov). Contacts for TFHL: Stephanie Curtis (202-693-3353; SCurtis@doleta.gov) or Lois Engel (202-693-3356; LEngel@doleta.gov).

 

Miscellaneous

Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Implementation Grants

Grants between $97,000 and $250,000 were awarded to 13 grantees in CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, FL, MA, MD, OH, OR, PA, VA, and WI. This occupational recognition and apprenticeship for youth workers will provide quality training opportunities for youth workers who deliver comprehensive services to young people in order to maximize the nation's investment in young people, in youth programming and in the workforce development system.
FFI: http://wdsc.doleta.gov/sga/awards/01-103award.asp

Youth Offender Demonstration Project Grants

ETA awarded grants to nine organizations in CO, CT, FL, IA, IL, NY, and PA. The grants were awarded for Model Community Projects (3 projects), Education and Training Initiatives (1), and Community-Wide Capacity Building (5) for Youth Offender Demonstration Project. This project will provide services aimed at youth who are or have been under criminal justice supervision or involved in gangs. Youth employment and developmental activities will be used for structure and placing youth offenders, gang members, and at-risk youth ages 14-24 employment into long term (part-time for ages 14-15) wage levels that will (1) prevent future dependency and/or (2) break the cycle of crime and juvenile delinquency that contributes to recidivism and non-productive activities.

Service to Youth with Disabilities

The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has announced in the FEDERAL REGISTER the availability of $3.5 million to award competitive grants to fund model demonstration programs designed to enhance the capacity of youth programs to serve youth with disabilities. Up to nine competitive grants will be awarded in the range of $350,000 to $500,000. These awards are for a two-year period of performance. All youth service applicants, other than 501(c)(4) entities are eligible to apply. The closing date is August 29.
Contact: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a010730c.html. A direct link is available on: www.usworkforce.org

Wage Record Interchange System

The Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS) production is expected to be ready on August 22. The pilot system will cease accepting requests on August 10 and the transition between pilot and production system made between August 10 and 22. PACIA representatives will contact NASWA to obtain user IDs and passwords in order to access to the production system. New States interested in being part of WRIS should also contact NASWA for details and necessary technical and program details.
Contact: Wayne Zajac (202-693-3054; WZajac@doleta.gov)